WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is continuing an investigation of Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.
The committee announced on Friday it had received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative body, and said in a brief statement it would continue to look into Bachmann's case. The committee says it will announce its course of action in September and notes that an extension does not in itself indicate an ethics violation.
A lawyer for Bachmann had previously acknowledged the investigation by the OCE and said that Bachmann was cooperating. That probe is focused in part on her short-lived presidential bid.
Bachmann, a leader in the tea party movement, announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election.
Ethics panel extends investigation into Bishop
The House Ethics Committee is extending an investigation into possible ethics violations by Democrat Tim Bishop of New York.
The panel does not identify the reasons for the investigation. It says the extension does not indicate any violation has occurred.
Bishop was the focus of complaints last year when he helped get fireworks permits for a bar mitzvah. The request came from a businessman who later donated $5,000 to Bishop's campaign.
Bishop's opponent questioned whether that violated House ethics rules, and Bishop wound up donating that amount to veterans' groups.
The committee says it received a referral last month from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The panel will announce its next course of action by Sept. 11.
Ethics committee extends investigation of Roskam
The House Ethics Committee says it is extending an investigation of Republican Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois.
The committee says it received a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative body, and has decided to extend its investigation of Roskam. The committee says it will announce its course of action on Roskam in September and says extending an investigation does not indicate that a violation has occurred.
The committee did not indicate what the OCE report included or what was investigated.
Ethics panel extends investigation for Tierney
The House Ethics Committee says it intends to extend an investigation into possible ethics violations by Democrat John Tierney of Massachusetts.
The panel does not identify the reasons for the investigation and notes that the extension does not in itself indicate that any violation has occurred. It says the committee received a referral on the matter last month from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative body, and will announce its next course of action on or before Sept. 11.
During the election campaign last year Tierney was beset by a gambling scandal involving his wife and two brothers-in-law.
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