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Posted: December 22, 2017

House Ethics Committee expands inquiry into U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold

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House Ethics Committee expands inquiry into U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold
In this Dec. 19, 2017, photo, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting of House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Ethics Committee is expanding its investigation of Farenthold to determine whether he lied to the committee in its inquiry into sexual harassment allegations. The panel is also reviewing whether he directed his congressional staff to work on his election campaigns. Farenthold is the subject of an investigation into whether he sexually harassed a former member of his staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By Austin American-Statesman


The House Ethics Committee late Thursday announced an expanded investigation into the conduct of U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, going beyond sexual harassment to look at possible improper use of House staff for his congressional campaigns.

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The committee will look into whether Farenthold required congressional staffers to work on his campaigns, and whether the disgraced congressman, who said a week ago he will not run for re-election, lied to the panel.

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The bombshell announcement from the Ethics Committee came in a letter from Chairwoman Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and ranking member, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., saying the committee had unanimously voted to expand the jurisdiction of the inquiry into Farenthold’s activities. The committee announced earlier this month that it was forming an investigative subcommittee to look into the sexual harassment allegations against him.

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