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Diaz-Balart to investigate airport incident

Miami Republican Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart has been named to an investigative subcommittee charged with reviewing a misdemeanor charge against Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., accused of assaulting an airline employee at a DC area airport.

The investigation won't start until the court proceedings are resolved. The Hill reports that the investigation was triggered by a new Democratic-backed House ethics rule that requires the ethics committee to either create an investigative subcommittee or review the allegations and submit a report to the House describing its reasons for not doing so "not later than 30 days" after a member is indicted or charged with a crime.

Filner, who was on his way to Iraq at the time of the incident, has called the charges "ridiculous."

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