The Ethics Committee declined to comment Monday.
FACT also included Lewis in its January complaint to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics for improperly hiring Collins as a top staffer and campaign treasurer. But the civil rights icon was not included on yesterday's list of people being investigated by the House Ethics Committee at the recommendation of the separate Office of Congressional Ethics, even as the House panel said it was looking into one of Lewis' colleagues for fundraising off of last year's gun control sit-in. FACT had filed a separate complaint against Lewis for his role in that effort last year.
“We haven’t seen anything more and we haven’t had any more contact with the committee, so it’s hard for me to know exactly kind of what the reasoning is," Whitaker said.
Asked by one of our Cox colleagues about the inquiry into Collins on Tuesday morning, Lewis declined to comment.
"Well that is something that is going on right now and I cannot talk about it," he said.
Jones said Monday that Collins "respects the process of ethics review and is cooperating with the committee."
He was previously cited by the panel in 2011 for failing to list $54,00 he made in consulting fees on his income tax returns and finance disclosure reports. Collins said the "mistakes were not intentional" and accepted “full responsibility” for the omission.