“As I have said many times, I welcome a fair-minded review of the facts because I have done nothing wrong,” Bishop said in a statement.
Tierney also released a statement in response to “the outlandish accusations made by his political opponents and Super PACs in the 2010 and 2012 elections over his personal financial disclosure reports.
“I welcome the opportunity to finally put this issue to rest after years of my opponents attacking me and my family,” Tierney said. “For more than three years they have tried repeatedly to misrepresent gifts my wife received from her brother in appreciation for caring for their dying mother and his three children who were without parental supervision. There is nothing new that has not already been reviewed in both a court of law and by the voters of my district who sent me back to Congress in two subsequent elections.”
According to news reports by the Boston Globe, Tierney was asked last year “about $223,000 that federal prosecutors said his wife received through a joint bank account she managed for her brother, Robert Eremian, a federal fugitive who was running an illegal gambling business from the Caribbean island of Antigua.”
The Globe reported Friday that Tierney and his wife, Patrice, have described the money through that account as “a gift from a relative that was exempt from requirements that Tierney disclose the source of the money on his annual financial disclosure form and report the money as income to the IRS.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.