The House ethics committee has begun a preliminary inquiry into the actions of Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has admitted to inappropriate relationships with women on Twitter and Facebook.
Unnamed House officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that committee leaders have not indicated whether they will move to a more intensive staff investigation of Weiner.
The ethics news comes as President Obama made his first public comments on the Weiner scandal. “If it was me, I would resign,” Obama told NBC News in an interview this Tuesday.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said that Democrats should strip Weiner of his committee assignments if the congressman doesn’t leave.
“I think this kind of behavior is unacceptable,” Cantor said. “I’m hoping that they (Democrats) will begin to move, if he does not resign, toward things like perhaps stripping him of his committees. I don’t think we have time for this. We obviously have a lot of other issues to be concerned with.”