House Ethics Committee expands inquiry into U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold

  • Austin American-Statesman
8:52 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 Nation World

The House Ethics Committee late Thursday announced an expanded investigation into the conduct of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, going beyond sexual harassment to look at possible improper use of House staff for his congressional campaigns.

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The committee will look into whether Farenthold required congressional staffers to work on his campaigns, and whether the disgraced congressman, who said a week ago he will not run for re-election, lied to the panel.

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The bombshell announcement from the Ethics Committee came in a letter from Chairwoman Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and ranking member, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., saying the committee had unanimously voted to expand the jurisdiction of the inquiry into Farenthold’s activities. The committee announced earlier this month that it was forming an investigative subcommittee to look into the sexual harassment allegations against him.

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