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The Nation

The House Ethics Committee began an exhaustive review of a special counsel’s investigative report on alleged ethics violations of Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.). The panel’s deliberations are being held in strict secrecy and committee Chairman Rep. Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles) said he expects no announcement of results until the week of March 13. The committee is scheduled to meet again today, Wednesday and Thursday, and panel members have been asked to keep their calendars clear next week as well. Dixon said the special counsel hired to investigate the Wright matter, Richard J. Phelan, is presenting his findings count by count. Members can then ask questions and Wright’s lawyer can comment, he said.


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