Pelosi says she will talk to Massa investigators 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday she will make herself available to the House ethics committee as it investigates how leadership and aides handled allegations that former Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y, had been sexually harassing men who worked in his office.

The ethics panel has already interviewed House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., his spokesperson, Katie Grant, said Thursday. Hoyer met with the ten- member, bipartisan panel on Wednesday and answered questions about what he knew about the allegations against Massa. Hoyer has told reporters that he first heard about the allegations in February and immediately demanded the case be turned over to the ethics panel. He said he told Massa to do it within 48 hours, or he would bring the complaints to the panel himself.

Massa, a freshman, quit in March.

Pelosi said she did not hear about the charges against Massa until about the time of Massa's exit. She said her aides knew about the allegations but did not inform her about them.

Pelosi said she has "no concerns" about how her office and the leadership handled the Massa charges.

 

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