The committee’s decision to continue its probe into the Jackson case is the same course of action it took in August in a case against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), who is accused of failing to disclose a payment he received in 2007 in violation of ethics rules.
A Rule 18(a) investigation allows the committee to “consider any information in its possession indicating that a Member, officer, or employee may have committed a violation of the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct” and authorizes the chairman and ranking member to “gather additional information concerning such an alleged violation by a Member, officer, or employee unless and until an investigative subcommittee has been established.”
There are no further public disclosure triggers now that the OCE report has been released unless the committee empanels a subcommittee and holds a public ethics trial.
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.