By John Bresnahan
Following the worst breach in the House Ethics Committee's security in
the more than a decade, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader
John Boehner announced Friday that they have ordered a review on the
handling of sensitive data.
The statement by the two party leaders came after the Washington Post
obtained an internal ethics committee document from late July outlining
the status of investigations by the ethics panel and the Office of
More than 30 lawmakers. names were on the status report, including
senior members of the powerful Defense subcommittee of the House
Appropriations Committee. These veteran members, including Reps. John
Murtha (D-Pa.), Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) and James Moran (D-Va.), have
been linked to the scandal surrounding the now defunct PMA Group, a
once-powerful lobbying firm at the center of a Justice Department
The release of the ethics document, inadvertently placed on a
file-sharing program by a now ex-ethics committee staffer while she
worked from home on her personal computer, has proven a huge
embarrassment for the ethics committee and lawmakers named in the
report. While many of the allegations about the lawmakers in question
had been raised publicly by previous media reports - some going back
more than three years - the leak focused renewed attention on Congress.
ongoing ethics problems.
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