House Ethics Committee Investigates Michele Bachmann

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2013)--The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it has received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative body, and said in a brief statement it would continue its investigation of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

The committee said it will announce its course of action in September and noted that an extension does not in itself indicate an ethics violation.

A lawyer for Bachmann previously acknowledged the investigation by the OCE and said that Bachmann was cooperating.

That probe is focused in part on her short-lived presidential bid.

Bachmann, a leader in the tea party movement, announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election.

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