On Tuesday, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) formally notified the House of Representatives that he had received a subpoena, as required by House rules. The subpoena was first reported by the New York Daily News on April 2 in the wake of our allegations that Meeks got a sweetheart deal on his house, and is involved with a charity that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never saw it.
Did Meeks and/or Pelosi sit on the subpoena notification until after the March 21 health care vote? It depends on when Meeks got the subpoena. House Rule VIII states:
Such notification shall promptly be laid before the House by the Speaker. During a period of recess or adjournment of longer than three days, notification to the House is not required until the reconvening of the House, when the notification shall promptly be laid before the House by the Speaker. (emphasis ours)
Critical media coverage of Meeks’ charity, New Direction Local Development Corporation, began on Jaunary 31. A federal probe of New Direction was reported first in the New York Post on February 11. We filed a Complaint with the House Ethics Committee about the house on March 19. Stories followed in the New York Times and New York Post on March 20 and 21 respectively.