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House Republicans Block Investigation into Gov. Corbett’s Handling of Sandusky Case

House Republicans threw a temper tantrum on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives yesterday, when Rep. Tim Briggs brought up a tabled resolution that would urge the US Attorney General to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett’s role in the botched investigation of Jerry Sandusky.

According to public information, H.R. 520 would call for the appointment of a federal counsel to “investigate the handling by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General” of the Sandusky case as well as “investigate whether that alleged sexual abuse may have violated Federal law.”

The resolution was initially proposed by Rep. Anthony M. DeLuca in December of 2011 and set aside at the end of June when there where more pressing issues to be attended to like — you know — the budget. But yesterday, Rep. Briggs (@RepTimBriggs) challenged the H.R. 250’s stagnation by bringing the resolution up for a vote.

Judging from the response of house Republicans, they had no interest in discussing the issue.

According to Rep. Jesse White, Republican Speaker of the House Rep. Sam Smith immediately halted the day’s proceedings upon the mention of H.R. 520 by Rep. Briggs. With the pounding of Speaker Smith’s gavel, the house officially went into recess, with no motive given to explain the abrupt and limiting response.

At this time, nearly all of the Republican majority walked off the floor in silence including the Speaker of the House himself. Shortly after, house GOP members dimmed the lights and left the capitol.

And in apparent response to the display at yesterday’s proceedings, today’s house session was officially called as a non-voting day. This leaves only four more days before the election to attend to not only H.R. 520, but a number of other big ticket legislation that remains up in the air.

“Republicans don’t want it to pass, don’t want the debate, and don’t want the discussion — but how longer can that go for?” asked Rep. White (@jessewhite46). “The resolution doesn’t push guilt on anyone, it’s not a witch hunt, but there are people asking legitimate questions and I believe an objective investigation is called for.”

A press release sent out by Rep. Briggs echoes White’s sentiment.

“There are valid, still unanswered questions about the way in which then-Attorney General Tom Corbett conducted the investigation that led to the conviction of child rapist Jerry Sandusky,” Briggs said. “I called up this discharge petition to force action on the issue because Governor Corbett continues to use recrimination of his own to dodge and disparage those who question why it took three years to bring charges against a man he and his investigators knew in the early stages to be a child predator.”

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