Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said it was incumbent upon House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRepublicans eager to take on Spanberger in Virginia Virginia emerging as ground zero in battle for House majority McAuliffe's loss exposes deepening Democratic rift MORE (R-Va.) to condemn Buchanan's conduct.
“It is time for Rep. Buchanan to go,” Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, said in a statement. “House Republican leaders — who swore a zero tolerance policy for ethical wrongdoing — should be condemning his conduct and demanding his departure, not playing golf with him in Sarasota."
Representatives for BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE and Cantor did not respond to requests for comment.
Buchanan has denied all wrongdoing and said that OCE had been negligent in its investigation by withholding exculpatory evidence and misinterpreting documents. OCE's report was later referred to the House Ethics Committee, which has multiple ongoing inquiries into Buchanan but has not made any conclusions about potential violations.
"CREW is a left-wing front group funded by George Soros that cannot be taken seriously," said Buchanan spokesman Max Goodman.
He pointed to a website, www.crewexposed.com, that alleges that CREW disproportionately targets Republican politicians.