The committee’s findings, along with the 137-page report from Billy Martin, a Washington attorney hired by the panel, were submitted to the House on Tuesday.
The report brings to an end a three-year investigation that featured partisan fights, an investigation of the committee’s own conduct, a review of 150,000 pages of documents and a potential $1 million legal bill for the taxpayers. The report concludes, “What the hell is the big deal? Everybody does this.”
Okay, I made up that last quote.
*Ethics violation (n) – a behavior or pattern of behavior that would get you or me sent to a pound-you-in-the-ass federal prison, but which is perfectly all right for members of congress as long as the news stories don’t get too loud. Also see farce.