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House Ethics to Formally Investigate Andrews, Don Young

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Andrews is alleged to have used money from his re-election campaign to pay for a family trip to Scotland.

Andrews told the OCE that he believed the trip to be a legitimate campaign expense because the individual getting married was someone he “tried to cultivate” a relationship with because they might work together professionally in the future. His family repaid the two campaign accounts for the expenses after the trip was disclosed in media reports.

Campaign accounts linked to Andrews were also used to cover the costs of a half dozen trips he took to Los Angeles with his daughter. Though his daughter told a witness she was there to do “some music recording,” Andrews said she was there because she was “old enough to be helpful with some of the things that campaign volunteers usually do.”

Ethics committee members Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Pedro R. Pierluisi, D-P.R., will serve as chair and ranking member of the subcommittee investigating Andrews, along with Tom Latham, R-Iowa, and Jackie Speier, D-Calif.

Andrews reiterated in a statement on Tuesday that the investigation will confirm that he has “followed all the rules and met all the standards of the House.”

“I will eagerly provide any and all information requested by the Committee in response to the false and politically-motivated, and in some instances anonymous accusations the Committee will review. In the meantime, I will continue to work as hard as I can to serve the interests of my constituents and our country,” Andrews said.

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