December 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it had formally opened an investigation into the conduct of Rep. Trey Radel, the Florida Republican who pleaded guilty last month to drug possession after being caught in an undercover sting. The 10-member panel voted unanimously to establish an investigative subcommittee that will determine whether Radel's actions violated congressional rules. It could recommend sanctions, including a formal censure or even expulsion.
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July 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A government watchdog Tuesday sought a congressional investigation into California Rep. David Valadao's efforts to halt the state's high-speed rail project, saying the freshman failed to tell colleagues that the project could affect the property values of his family's Central Valley farmland. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch a probe into whether the Republican lawmaker "abused his position … to benefit his and his family's financial interests.
December 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee has found no rules violations by lawmakers and staffers who used a VIP loan program from Countrywide Financial Corp. saying the allegations of special treatment fell outside the panel's jurisdiction. The committee's leaders said its investigation largely led to the same conclusions as the Senate Ethics Committee, which determined in 2009 that there was "no substantial credible evidence" that Sen. Kent Conrad (D-S.D.) and former Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)
November 26, 2012 |
The House Ethics Committee said Monday that it would begin an inquiry into whether Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) violated campaign finance laws. First though, the committee will defer to a separate investigation from the Justice Department, which is also looking into whether Grimm, who recently won reelection over Democrat Mark Murphy, is guilty of a number of infractions. The Ethics Committee listed possible solicitation and acceptance of illegal campaign contributions, falsification of information included in campaign finance reports and offering to assist a foreign national obtain a green card in exchange for campaign contributions.
September 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday formally ended its investigation of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, announcing its unanimous decision to drop the case because the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker did not break any rules. The 10-member panel, evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, determined that the evidence "does not establish, to the standard of clear and convincing evidence, that Rep. Waters violated House rules. " There was no immediate response from Waters' office.
September 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For three years, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) steadfastly maintained that during a call with the Treasury secretary in the midst of the nation's financial crisis she was looking out for the interests of all minority-owned banks - not just one with ties to her husband. She did nothing wrong, she said repeatedly. On Friday, the House Ethics Committee investigator agreed. His recommendation, expected to be approved by the panel, would bring to an end a long and often tumultuous ethics case against Waters, who was accused of improperly helping a bank in which her husband owned stock.