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Rob Portman

Senate panel votes to hold website in contempt over sex ads

A Senate panel voted on Wednesday to hold the classified advertising website in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking.

The Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee backed a resolution setting up a legal fight with the company. The full Senate must vote on the resolution.

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sponsored the resolution after they said the company refused to comply with a subpoena last year. Holding the company in contempt would allow the committee to go to court to try to force to turn over documents about its screening...