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Ethics Committee Finds Berkley Broke House Rules

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The House Ethics Committee announced late Thursday that Berkley broke House rules when members of her office assisted her husband’s medical practice with Medicare and Medicaid claims.

“Representative Berkley was entirely cooperative with the investigation, and credited her testimony both in terms of candor, and in terms of her objective lack of malicious intent in violating the rules,” the statement continued.

Berkley’s investigative subcommittee was chaired by Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who will become the Ethics Committee chairman in the next Congress. Its ranking member was Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Reps. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., were also on the subcommittee.

The investigative subcommittee recommended that a task force be convened to issue clearer guidance regarding conflicts of interest faced by House members.

“I also appreciate the Committee’s recognition of my candor and willing participation in the process and its acknowledgement that elements of the rules in question should be clarified,” Berkley said in a statement.

Berkley made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate seat held by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., earlier this year. The Office of Congressional Ethics and Ethics Committee cases related to the Nevada Democrat became an issue during her campaign.

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