Nation in brief: S.C. panel rejects impeachment
Columbia, S.C. – The chances of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford being impeached lessened significantly Wednesday when a state legislative panel rejected a resolution to begin the process of removing the philandering chief executive from office.
However, the House judiciary subcommittee did approve a measure to censure Sanford for secretly leaving the state during June. Rather than go hiking along the Appalachian Trail as he had stated, the Republican governor spent a week in Argentina with the woman he has called his soul mate.
Following disclosure of Sanford’s extramarital affair, the state ethics commission charged Sanford with more than three dozen violations of using his office for personal gain – including flying business class instead of coach and traveling to political rallies on state-funded planes.
But the subcommittee voted, 6-1, against the impeachment resolution, asserting that the governor’s official misdeeds were not sufficiently grave.
Gate-crashers to be subpoenaed
Washington – Congress authorized subpoenas Wednesday for the White House gate-crashers to testify about how the couple got into a state dinner without an invitation.
Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee voted Wednesday to compel the attention-hungry couple to answer questions about the Nov. 24 incident.
The couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, have said they will invoke their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has said normal security protocols weren’t followed and three uniformed Secret Service officers have been placed on administrative leave.
While the committee authorized subpoenas for the Salahis, it would not accept its top Republican’s proposal to subpoena White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.