Ethics committee will take more time to review Bachmann case

10:45 AM, Jul 27, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON D.C. -- The U.S. House Committee on Ethics announced Friday it will take more time to review a probe into Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign.

The committee is extending its review timeline by 45 days and will announce its course of action with the probe on or before Sept. 11, according to a news release.

Investigators with the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics have looked into various alleged campaign-finance violations by Bachmann's presidential campaign, including the allegation by a former staffer that Bachmann improperly mixed funds from various committees to fund her presidential campaign.

Bachmann's attorney, William McGinley, issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

"Today's statement by the House Ethics Committee emphasizes that its customary 45-day extension does not 'indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.' It does not speak to the merits of this matter, and any inference to the contrary is false. We are confident the Committee will discover, upon proper review, that the highly politicized allegations made at the OCE level were baseless and without merit."

Earlier this month, the office found "substantial reason to believe a violation may have occurred" and recommended further investigation by the House Committee on Ethics. But it's up to the committee to decide whether to proceed with an investigation.

The Ethics committee probe isn't the only one ongoing into Bachmann's presidential campaign. The Federal Election Commission is also investigating, and the FBI reportedly has been as well.

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