From the Post-Tribune, GOP lawmaker wants Visclosky to quit

The ranking Republican on a House reform committee Thursday called for Rep. Pete Visclosky to resign from a powerful appropriations subcommittee because of a federal investigation of the Merrillville Democrat’s ties to a lobbying firm whose clients received millions from federal contracts.

In a letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., urged the speaker to pressure her fellow Democrat to step down as chairman of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee because federal agents have subpoenaed[sic]

“Now that federal law enforcement officials have ratcheted up their highly public probe of Rep. Visclosky, he must resign immediately from the Committee on Appropriations,” Issa wrote, noting that Republican leaders had in the past forced out GOP members embroiled in controversies.

But Democrats don’t do that.  They hang on to power as long as they can.

He has already taken himself out of the process of handling the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, and says he’s innocent:

Visclosky has said he has not violated ethics rules and that he would be vindicated by the investigation. The move was made in anticipation of Republican attacks he said would create “distractions” during the appropriations process.

He has been subpoenaed by a Federal grand jury:

The Visclosky subpoena seeks documents from his office related to PMA, but at this point does not appear that he has been asked to testify before a grand jury.

“Federal law enforcement officials have issued grand jury subpoenas to my congressional office, campaign committees, and certain employees to request documents relating to PMA,” Visclosky said in a statement.

What is the Democrats’ position on this?  They voted “to audit their own ethical review of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky’s disgraced former top campaign fundraiser” and directed the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to report on what actions it has taken “concerning any misconduct of Members and employees of the House in connection with activities of the PMA Group.”

I guess they consider that drains the swamp.

But it’s a whole lot of nothing, says Rep. Jeff Flake, who’s been on this corruption for months:

The move pre-empted another attempt by Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to file a resolution instructing the House ethics panel to investigate “the relationship between earmark requests already made by members (of the House) and the source and timing of past campaign contributions.”

Flake expressed disappointment after Wednesday’s vote because the resolution was referred to committee rather than passed, rendering it “meaningless.”

“What we did today has the same effect as dropping a bill in the hopper. No further action is required,” Flake said in a news release.

So Rep. Visclosky has been shielded by his Democrat colleagues again, for now.

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