Bad to worse for Bachmann: She's being probed by House Ethics Committee
You'd be hard pressed to find somebody in Washington who has had a worse year than Michele Bachmann.
Michele Bachmann's no good very bad year isn't getting any better, as this morning the House Ethics Committee released a statement confirming they're extended their probe into allegations of improprieties during her presidential campaign.
In March, news broke that Bachmann was being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics, a body that investigates reported improprieties by House members for possible referral to the House Ethics Committee. And apparently, the OCE's investigation discovered enough smoke to lead investigators to believe there's a fire around there somewhere.
A Daily Beast report published March 25 detailed the reasons for the OCE's probe:
Former staffers tell The Daily Beast that investigators have allegedly asked about allegations of improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments actions by Bachmann's presidential campaign, specifically in relation to the campaign's national political director, Guy Short, and Bachmann's onetime Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson. Questions directly about Bachmann, they said, have been primarily focused on what she knew about those men's actions and when she knew it.
And here's the statement published today on the House Ethics Committee's website:
Pursuant to House Rule XI, Clause 3(b)(8)(A) and Committee Rules 17A(b)(1)(A) and 17A(c)(1), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Michele Bachmann, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 13, 2013.
The Committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.
The Committee will announce its course of action in this matter on or before Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
9/11 is a very meaningful day for Bachmann -- in a recent speech at a religious event in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall, she attributed both the 9/11/01 terror attacks and the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack to God's "hand of judgment." Now, it looks like she might face judgement from her colleagues on 9/11/13.
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