In a Democratic caucus vote, Willie Jefferson's seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee was removed. It was a secret vote but the Caucus chair said the vote was 2 to 1 to strip Jefferson of his position on the committee.
Pelosi said after the vote: "This isn't about proof in a court of law. This is about an ethical standard,"
The matter will now go to the entire House for a full vote. In an 11th hour letter from Jefferson to Pelosi, he offered to step down if certain conditions met with his approval. Nanc said thanks but no thanks to that offer.
Democraptic Caucus rules state a rep has to be either indicted or charged with a crime..Jefferson hasn't been charged or indicted on squat yet.
The "Race" issue has been raised by a few members of the Black Caucus. They question why Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, a white Democrat who also is under investigation, was allowed to keep his seat on the equally powerful Appropriations Committee.---I am wondering why also..
CNN has a write-up here.