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House member calls for senator to resign in scandal over bathroom arrest

House member calls for senator to resign in scandal over bathroom arrest

A conservative member of the House of Representatives on Wednesday became the first lawmaker to call for Sen. Larry Craig's resignation on Wednesday, and the White House expressed disappointment in the case of the senator caught in a men's room undercover police operation.
Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra said Craig "represents the Republican party," and called for his resignation "as his conduct throughout this matter has been inappropriate for a U.S. senator."
Craig pleaded guilty in August to a charge of disorderly conduct following his arrest in a men's room at the Minneapolis airport after he allegedly tried to engage in a sexual encounter with an undercover officer. He has since recanted his guilty plea, and said on Tuesday he did nothing wrong.
Senate Republican leaders have called on the ethics committee to review the Idaho senator's case, and White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said he hoped the panel could do its work quickly.
"That would be in the best interests of the Senate and the people of Idaho," he said.
Stanzel made no expression of support for Craig _ neither did Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday.
There were fresh signs of difficulty for Craig.
Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, issued a statement calling on the senator to consider stepping down. The organization is a self-described government watchdog group.
"Senator Craig admittedly engaged in illegal activity that brings serious disrepute to the public office he holds," Fitton said.


Updated : 2021-06-23 16:29 GMT+08:00