House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) blasted claims made on Sunday by now-retired New York Congressman Eric Massa alleging that he was "forced out" by the Obama administration for his "no" vote on health care reform.
In a lively interview with reporters, Hoyer called Massa's statements "absurd."
"It's absolutely untrue that there was any relationship" between the timing of Massa's retirement and his health care vote, Hoyer continued.
According to Hoyer, he was compelled to push the New York representative's ethics investigation when one of Massa's aides contacted his office to outline the sexual harassment allegations.
"The issues being raised sounded serious," he explained.
Hoyer wouldn't go into further detail about specific charges against Massa. According to Massa's WKPQ interview on Sunday, the ethics probe had arisen from an exchange that took place between him and a male staffer at a raucous wedding party on New Years Eve. The majority leader left questions about further ethics violations unanswered, saying that he knew "some" of the accusations "but not the details."
Eric Massa is scheduled to appear on Glenn Beck's television program for an entire hour this evening.