WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee remains shuttered but the panel director is reportedly close to completing his staff.
William Reilly has been retained as staff director of the House Standards of Officials Conduct Committee, which has not been called into session because of political problems in putting together the panel. But the real question is which party wants the panel to begin its meetings.
The Hill, a Washington newspaper, reported Wednesday that, even with high-profile investigations apparently entangling Republicans, the Democrats are in no hurry to bring the ethics committee into the picture.
An unnamed Democratic lawmaker told The Hill, "The Justice Department is moving and there's no reason to interfere and give the Republicans a tool to say the investigation is being politicized."
Republicans, however, say members under suspicion want the ethics committee to investigate so they have a chance to clear their names, the newspaper said.
Open investigations the committee carried over from the 108th Congress involved Rep. Jim, McDermott, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas.