Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) this weekend accused the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of covering up groping allegations against former Rep. Eric Massa by his staff members.
Bachmann, speaking at a rally in Minnesota on Saturday, said that Pelosi's office knew of the allegations as far back as October, but waited to release them until he made it clear he would again vote "no" on the healthcare reform legislation, forcing him to resign.
"The real story about Massa is that it appears that Speaker Pelosi's office may have known about the sexual harassment about him and his employees as of last October but they laid on that story," she said. "I'm not saying what it is; I'm saying what it looks like. It looks like they laid on that story until they couldn't get Massa's vote and suddenly these charges got out and this guy was forced to resign. This is how dirty it's getting."
Some Republicans had hoped that the New York Democrat, appearing on two cable news interviews last week, would spill the beans on strong-arm tactics used by his leadership in corralling healthcare votes.
Instead, Massa gave few details about the vote-getting process, prompting Fox News commentator Glenn Beck to say at the end of his interview, "I think this is the first time I have wasted your time."
Pelosi's office has acknowledged that Massa's former chief of staff told Pelosi's director of
member services that the 50-year-old ex-congressman was living in a
house with several male aides and used foul language around them. He decided to report the behavior when Massa invited to a meal a staffer in his 20s who worked for Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
But those complaints were different than the groping allegations reported to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's (D-Md.) office last month. Hoyer's office has said that it demanded that Massa's staff report them to the ethics committee within 48 hours or else it would do so.
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h/t Hot Air