In 1982, allegations of sexual improprieties regarding Pages in the House of Representatives were aired in the news. Democrat House Speaker O'Neill and Republican Minority Leader Robert Michel together asked Joseph Califano to be lead counsel for the House Ethics Committee investigation with instructions to follow wherever the evidence took him. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Committee which was split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, voted unanimously to censure two congressmen for taking sexual liberties with underage Pages.
Califano writes in today’s Washington Post:
His article is worth reading. You can find it here.
The course the House took in that scandal, and its reaction to the current one,
show the difference between a leadership that saw a threat to the integrity of
the House of Representatives and one that sees a threat to its continuing
control of the institution. It's useful today to remember that there was a time
when partisanship took second place to trust and the House leadership had the
strength to wash its own dirty laundry.