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218: Ethics Office: Unnamed House Member Under Investigation

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The Office of Congressional Ethics reported Tuesday an unnamed House member is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

According to the three-page OCE quarterly report, which disclosed no member names, the Ethics Committee will release the name of a new member under investigation no later than Sunday — meaning the announcement will likely come by Friday.

The committee must either take an additional 45 days to consider the matter, which is standard for the Ethics Committee, or it must reveal that it has voted to empanel an investigative subcommittee.

The OCE report also mentions that the Ethics Committee must release the OCE referral or make a public announcement that the committee is establishing an investigative subcommittee on a separate matter by May 5. That issue is tied to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who is being investigated for alleged misconduct related to the longtime employment of a lobbyist.

It was a busy quarter for the OCE, which was contacted approximately 110 times by private citizens to make ethics allegations against House members or request information about the OCE. This quarter, the OCE commenced 17 preliminary reviews, voted to terminate 11 matters, commenced five phase II reviews, extended two phase II reviews, and transmitted one referral for review and one referral for dismissal.

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