Republicans on the House ethics committee said Democrats were stalling the public trials of Democratic Reps. Charlie Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California and called for hearings to begin next month ahead of the Nov. 2 elections.
Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama, the top Republican on ethics panel, said committee Republicans were willing to leave the campaign trail in October to return to Capitol Hill.
“After months of trial preparation—and, in the Rangel matter, two years of investigations—Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren should have already issued notices of public trial schedules in both the Rangel and Waters matters,” Mr. Bonner said in a letter to Mrs. Lofgren.
In an unusual move for the normally private ethics committee, Mr. Bonner released his letter to the media, underscoring the tensions between Republicans and Democrats as the election nears. The letter was signed by all five Republicans on the committee, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.