Though the Senate Ethics Committee in May 2008 dismissed its probe of whether Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) solicited prostitutes — actions that occurred before his candidacy for Senate — it left open the possibility that it would revisit the case in the future.
“The Committee reserves the right to reopen an investigation should new allegations or evidence be brought to our attention,” the panel’s letter to Vitter said.
In that case, the dismissal was based in part on the fact that the matter “did not involve use of public office or status for improper purposes” — a fact that differentiates the Vitter probe from the allegations faced by Berkley.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.