WASHINGTON - The House stripped Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of his committee seat on Friday in an unprecedented action against a lawmaker ensnared in scandal, but not under indictment.
The move came on a voice vote, without debate, and capped an election-year effort by House Democrats to seize the political high ground on the issue of lawmaker ethics.
Jefferson had refused to step aside voluntarily from the powerful House Ways and Means Committee before the corruption probe was completed. The drive to remove him from the committee, led by the Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, sparked protests by black lawmakers who said Jefferson was being singled out unfairly.
Jefferson had no immediate response to the vote. On Thursday night, he issued a statement criticizing Pelosi over the "unprecedented and unfair nature of her request for me" to step aside.
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Well it's about time that someone did something about this guy, he has been sitting there known to take money and stock in a company, denying everything. Send him to jail!