Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and ranking member Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that the committee had hired for six counsel positions, including Deborah Mayer, a veteran of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section. Mayer was involved in the DOJ investigation of former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who covered up his affair with a staff member but has never been charged with wrongdoing. Mayer will be the director of investigations for the committee.
In addition to Mayer, the committee also named Miguel Toruno, Robert Eskridge, Patrick McMullen, Tamar Nedzar and Christopher Tate to counsel positions.
Bonner said in a statement, “These changes will enable the committee to move forward with its duties.”
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.