The House Ethics Committee voted Thursday to impanel investigative subcommittees to examine Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York. But neither panel plans to conduct work on the investigation at this time, deferring to the Justice Department for now.
The Republican congressmen were both indicted on separate charges in August — Hunter for misuse of campaign funds and Collins for insider trading.
The DOJ, which brought forth the charges and is leading prosecution efforts against both lawmakers, has asked the Ethics Committee to defer action on both matters and it has agreed.
Under committee rules, the panel has 30 days from a member being indicted or formally charged with criminal conduct to either establish an investigative subcommittee or report to the House with its reasons for not impaneling an investigation.
Read more at Roll Call.