The Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which Schumer chairs, is charged with selecting and paying for the attorney to represent Watkins and Manning.
According to the Senate’s website, the chief employment counsel is tasked with providing “legal advice to, and represent[ing], Senate offices in employment law matters and lawsuits under the Congressional Accountability Act, which brings the Senate under eleven federal laws regulating the employer-employee relationship.”
Aides to neither Reid nor Schumer returned phone calls Friday inquiring about the subpoenas.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.