House Moves to Investigate Jefferson
Via Reuters: House votes to investigate indicted lawmaker
The House of Representatives, prodded by Republicans, voted on Tuesday to possibly consider expelling indicted Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana before he even stands trial.
On a bipartisan vote of 373-26, the Democratic-led House approved a resolution directing its ethics committee to investigate federal bribery charges against Jefferson and recommend whether the nine-term lawmaker should be removed from Congress.
Only five members of the House have been expelled in the past 150 years.
Not surprising, if a little quick. Still, if the NFL can seek to suspend players for poor behavior sans a criminal conviction, it isn’t beyond the pale that the Congress would investigate (and perhaps expel) one of it members before a conviction, depending on the nature of the evidence.