House Ethics Committee security breach reveals investigations

The Times reports on the latest involving the House Ethics Committee’s investigations and a security breach.

The security breach related to a document that contained the names of two dozen members of Congress whose conduct has come into question, along with the status of those investigations, according to House officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

UPDATEThis morning’s (10/30) Post has much, much more.   The House Ethics Committee memo on the breach is here.

From The Post:

The 22-page “Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report” gives brief summaries of ethics panel investigations of the conduct of 19 lawmakers and a few staff members. It also outlines the work of the new Office of Congressional Ethics, a quasi-independent body that initiates investigations and provides recommendations to the ethics committee. The document indicated that the office was reviewing the activities of 14 other lawmakers. Some were under review by both ethics bodies.

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Many of the broad outlines of the cases cited in the July document are known — the committee announced over the summer that it was reviewing lawmakers with connections to the now-closed PMA Group, a lobbying firm. But the document indicates that the inquiry was broader than initially believed. It included a review of seven lawmakers on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee who have steered federal money to the firm’s clients and have also received large campaign contributions.

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