House Ethics Committee Will Take More Time to Probe Andrews

We’ve been wondering whether the House Ethics Committee would delve deeper into Rep. Rob Andrews’s alleged misuses of campaign finance cash.

Today, we kinda/sorta got an answer.

The House Ethics Committee says it needs more time to gather facts, but they did state via a press release that they’ve found “substantial reason” to believe the South Jersey Democrat might have broken federal campaign finance regulations.

Here’s a pdf of Rep. Andrews’s OCE Report.

The Committee Chairman’s release is below the fold…

Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Robert Andrews

On April 2, 2012, the Committee received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) regarding Representative Robert Andrews.  Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3(b)(8)(A) and Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A), 17A(c)(1), and 17A(j), the Chairman and Ranking Member jointly decided on July 17, 2012, to extend the Committee’s review of the matter until August 31, 2012.  In order to gather additional information necessary to complete its review, the Committee will review the matter pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a).  The Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.

In order to comply with Committee on Ethics Rule 7 regarding confidentiality, out of fairness to all respondents, and to assure the integrity of its work, the Committee will refrain from making further public statements on this matter pending completion of its initial review.

Pursuant to Committee Rule 17A(c)(2), the Committee on Ethics hereby publishes OCE’s Report and Findings relating to allegations against Representative Robert Andrews.

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