House Ethics Committee Closes Massa Investigation

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Just when things were getting good! The House Ethics Committee said Wednesday that the investigation into former congressman Eric Massa, accused of groping and sexually harassing male staffers in his office, is over. Massa’s resignation means he is “outside the reach” of any punishment that the committee might come up with, according to the Washington Post. The announcement could set off a "political battle," the Post suggests, as House Republicans said this morning they wanted the investigation into the “salty old sailor” to continue, so that the public could learn who among the House Democratic leadership knew about the allegations of harassment and how they responded. Well, now that this is over, can someone in Washington please launch an investigation into figuring out what "snorkeling" actually entails?! [44/WP]