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Ethics panel approves subpoenas in new investigation of House page sex scandal

Ethics panel approves subpoenas in new investigation of House page sex scandal

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee opened an expansive investigation into the unfolding page sex scandal Thursday by approving four dozen subpoenas for witnesses and documents, as the House Republican leader held his ground against pressure to resign.
"I'm deeply sorry this has happened and the bottom line is we're taking responsibility," House Speaker Dennis Hastert said at a news conference.
"Ultimately, the buck stops here," the speaker said.
Hastert was abruptly changing the tactics he has followed since the scandal broke last week. As recently as Wednesday, he blamed Democrats for the scandal and insisted he had done nothing wrong.
The committee's chairman, Rep. Doc Hastings, said a newly formed subcommittee's investigation "will go wherever our evidence leads us."
Asked if embattled Hastert was among those subpoenaed, Hastings would not comment. Hastings said the subpoenas cover lawmakers and staff as well as appointed officers of the House.
The committee's senior Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman said the investigation should take "weeks, not months."


Updated : 2021-04-23 01:29 GMT+08:00