August 29th, 2007
03:56 PM ET
10 years ago

Craig stripped from committee assignments

Craig said Tuesday he did nothing wrong.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Republican leadership said in a statement Wednesday embattled Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has agreed to temporarily step down from his committee assignments:

"Senator Larry Craig has agreed to comply with Leadership’s request that he temporarily step down as the top Republican on the Veteran Affairs Committee, Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, and Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. This is not a decision we take lightly but we believe this is in the best interest of the Senate until this situation is resolved by the Ethics Committee."

The GOP leadership includes Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican Whip Trent Lott, Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, Policy Committee Chair Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Senatorial Committee Chair John Ensign.

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