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What’s the next big Capi­tol Hill scan­dal? Ac­cord­ing to Lisa Hoff­man of Scripps Howard News Ser­vice, it’ll be the il­le­gal use of con­gres­sional staffers.

“The Jus­tice De­part­ment ap­par­ently is in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that law­mak­ers il­le­gally have used their staffs for cam­paign pur­poses or to han­dle such per­sonal chores as clean­ing leg­is­la­tors’ homes and fetch­ing their dry-clean­ing,” Mrs. Hoff­man writes in her “Wash­ing­ton Call­ing” col­umn.

She goes on to write that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which has been kept well-se­cret, could be­come as broad and deep as “Rub­ber­gate,” where scores of law­mak­ers over­drew their House check­ing ac­counts in the early 1990s.

Con­tact Jen­nifer Harper at jharper@wash­ing­ton­ or 202/636-3085.

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