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House Ethics to Probe Indicted GOP Reps. Collins, Hunter

House Ethics to Probe Indicted GOP Reps. Collins, Hunter
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:16 PM

The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously Thursday to set up investigative panels to look into indicted Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., after their criminal cases are resolved.

According to Politico, the move is unusual so late in an election year — and the Ethics Committee publicly announced it is doing so.

Hunter and his wife were indicted by a federal grand jury Aug. 21 for allegedly improperly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including family vacations and dental work.

Collins was charged Aug. 8 with fraud in connection to an alleged insider-trading scheme linked to his investments in an Australian biotech firm.

Both Hunter and Collins – the first two Republicans in Congress to endorse President Donald Trump – have denied the charges.

Hunter is seeking re-election in November — and maintains an 8-point lead over his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Naijar according to a poll conducted for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Collins announced he will not seek re-election.

The Ethics Committee said it will defer its consideration to the Department of Justice at the agency's request while court proceedings continue, Politico noted.

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After their criminal cases are resolved, indicted Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., will be investigated by panels of the House Ethics Committee, which voted unanimously Thursday for the unusual measure in an election year.
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