House committee launches rare judicial impeachment probe

Porteous

Yesterday, for the first time in more than 20 years, the House Judiciary Committee launched an impeachment investigation. The probe is focused on U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous of Louisiana.

Porteous is accused of accepting money from attorneys in cases over which he presided, and of putting false information in financial disclosure and bankruptcy filings, which amounts to perjury.

The vote comes on the recommendation of the Judicial Conference, led by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.

Porteous’ attorneys dismissed the House vote, saying that after a five-year Justice Department investigation Porteous has yet to be charged, let alone convicted of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The investigation is set to conclude after the next Congress begins its session in January. If the full House ultimately votes for impeachment, Porteous can face trial before the Senate.

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