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Roskam subject of ethics probe

Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, July 27, 2013 9:21 a.m. CST
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Peter Roskam

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, is the subject of an ethics investigation by the Committee on Ethics.

In a statement issued Friday, the Office of Congressional Ethics referred an issue regarding Roskam to the committee. 

The committee did not disclose the nature of the probe, nor that any violation occurred.

The committee will announce its course of action on or before Sept. 11, according to a statement.

Roskam is the GOP’s chief deputy whip. 

Roskam’s communication director Stephanie Kittredge said the issue involved a trip Roskam took to Taiwan.

“The record reflects that Rep. Roskam fully complied with all laws, rules and procedures related to privately sponsored travel,” according to a statement by Roskam. “The trip was vetted and approved by the House Ethics Committee, the body legally authorized to make determinations on Congressional conduct. The OCE is wrong to take issue with the involvement of the Government of Taiwan in planning and conducting the trip, a matter that is routine, allowed under the law, and was known to the House Ethics Committee as they thoroughly vetted and approved the trip.”

Kittredge said Roskam will continue to fully cooperate with the committee, and already has “turned over every document and communication, made himself and his staff available for interview, waived his right to confidentiality with the House Ethics Committee, and otherwise provided any and all information regarding the trip to OCE.”

She said Roskam “is taking the extraordinary step of voluntarily releasing the non-public OCE report and materials relating to their review. He fully expects the clear and indisputable facts of the case to speak for themselves, that both he and his staff have acted in accordance with all laws, rules and regulations.”  

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