Attorney Camilla McKinney of the Washington, D.C.-based firm McKinney & Associates confirmed Friday that she continues to represent Racalto, but she declined to answer questions about the OOC or the ethics committee.
New York-based attorney Milo Silberstein of the law firm Dealy & Silberstein similarly confirmed that he continues to represent Massa, but he said he could not respond to questions on the OOC, ethics committee or the Federal Election Commission.
Through their respective attorneys, Massa has previously disputed authorizing a $40,000 payment issued from his re-election campaign to Racalto in March, one day after announcing his resignation, while Racalto has said that check was a deferred payment for previous work.
The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct established an investigative subcommittee in April to review the allegations involving Massa, including when House Democratic leaders learned of the accusations and how they responded.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), as well as members of their staffs, were interviewed by the ethics subcommittee earlier this year, but there is no indication whether the ethics panel will conclude its investigation in the next few weeks.
If the ethics subcommittee does not complete its investigation this month, the House ethics committee would have to renew the special panel next year.
Ethics Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and ranking member Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) head the subcommittee, along with Reps. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) and Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Although the ethics committee’s membership is expected to undergo changes in the 112th Congress, each of those lawmakers could be reassigned to the subcommittee even if they no longer serve on the full committee.
Massa denied any wrongdoing during several television and radio interviews in March, but he admitted to using “salty language” and engaging in improper physical contact with his staff.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.