House ethics probe of Radel dropped

CREATED Jan. 29, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Ethics Committee has dropped its investigation into former Congressman Trey Radel.

The committee released a statement Wednesday saying it would no longer look into Radel's conduct because of his resignation from Congress on Monday.

The committee established a sub-committee in December to look into Radel's conduct following his arrest in late October on charges of cocaine possession and his subsequent guilty plea in November.

Below is the official statement released on the committee's website:

"Pursuant to Committee Rule 7(g), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined on January 29, 2014, to release the following statement on behalf of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Investigative Subcommittee in the Matter of Representative Henry J. “Trey” Radel III:

On December 12, 2013, the Committee established this Investigative Subcommittee to determine whether Representative Henry J. “Trey” Radel III violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities, with respect to conduct forming the basis for criminal charges of possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, to which Representative Radel pled guilty on November 20, 2013.  The Investigative Subcommittee began its investigation, but was unable to complete its work before Representative Radel resigned from the House on January 27, 2014.  As a consequence, the Investigative Subcommittee no longer has jurisdiction over him."

This statement constitutes the Investigative Subcommittee’s final action regarding this matter.