Louisiana Political News Wire
Scalise wants investigation of judge expedited
by Bruce Alpert - Times-Picayune (excerpt)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, is asking the House Judiciary Committee to "act swiftly" to complete its impeachment investigation of U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
The probe, which began last year, was reauthorized in January but delayed for three months after it was determined the private attorney hired to oversee the probe was subject to House conflict of interest rules.
His law firm, Holland & Knight, would have been barred from lobbying members of the Judiciary Committee while he conducted the Porteous probe. As a result, the probe was in limbo until Alan Barron found a position in March with another firm, Seyfarth Shaw, which doesn't do lobbying.
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