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Rangel lawsuit airs ethics’ panel laundry

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). (Melina Mara/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The lawsuit, which names House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other lawmakers and staffers, isn’t terribly noteworthy — that is, anyone can sue anybody. And Rangel certainly has loudly protested the House action, in which he was reprimanded for a host of ethics no-nos, in just about every other venue.

But some of the addendums to the lawsuit make for interesting reading. We were particularly interested in a memo from the Democratic staff director of the House Ethics Committee outlining complaints against two of the committee's lawyers who were later suspended.

The document — which it seems was leaked to Politico during the investigation, is now part of the public record (the link is here, though a login is required).

Plenty of accusation and recrimination to go around, including the allegation that information about the probe was improperly shared with Republicans. Politically motivated leaks — in this town?We’re shocked.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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