CREW files ethics complaint against Sen. Domenici

for his role in apparently pressuring purged U.S. Attorney David Iglesias:

The Senate Ethics Manual states that…”Senate offices should refrain from intervening in such legal actions…until the matter has reached a resolution in the courts.” The manual also indicates that Senators are not to communicate with an agency regarding ongoing enforcement or investigative matters.

CREW’s complaint alleges that Sen. Domenici (R-NM) violated Rule 43 by pressuring Mr. Iglesias to act quickly on a pending corruption investigation. Moreover, given that Sen. Domenici made the call shortly before the November elections, he appears to have violated the prohibition on contacting agencies based on political considerations. CREW also alleges that by initially denying Mr. Iglesias’s allegation, Sen. Domenici may have violated Senate rules by engaging in “improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate.”

UPDATE: The Senate Ethics Committee has launched a preliminary inquiry.