Sen. Craig stripped of committee leadership

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was stripped of his committee leadership posts on Wednesday as fellow Republicans called for his resignation after he pleaded guilty to a "lewd conduct" incident at an airport.

Craig was the top Republican on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, the Interior Appropriations subcommittee, which handles funding for major Indian programs, and a key Environment and Public Works subcommittee He also had a prominent spot on the Energy and Natural Resources, which deals with some major Indian and Interior Department issues.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), a 2008 presidential contender, and other Republicans said Craig should resign because he pleaded guilty. But Craig has denied doing anything wrong, despite admitting that he was arrested in an undercover sex sting in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport.

Get the Story:
GOP Leaders Strip Craig Of Committee Assignments (The Washington Post 8/30)
Idaho Senator’s Colleagues Say He Should Resign (The New York Times 8/30)

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