February 28th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
7 years ago

House Ethics Committee to investigate Renzi

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it would begin an investigation into whether Arizona Republican Rick Renzi violated House rules, following his indictment last week on 35 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion, money laundering, and insurance fraud.

The government accuses Renzi of using his official position in Congress to enrich himself and a former business partner.

Ethics Committee Chairwoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-OH, and the Committee’s top Republican, Doc Hastings, R-WA, released the following joint statement:

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Ca, will lead a subcommittee created for the investigation and will be joined by Ethics Committee members Rep Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Rep Steve Rothman, D-NJ, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-OR.

Rep. Renzi did not have an immediate comment on the Ethics Committee announcement.

His lawyers released a statement last week saying, “Congressman Renzi did nothing wrong. We will fight these charges until he is vindicated and his family’s name is restored.”

Renzi has insisted he will not resign from Congress.

 – CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Cali guy

    If the alegations are true, just another example of corrupt government.

    February 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. TheLeftNut

    Arizona is just full of them.

    February 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Marc

    I am lighting a lantern and am off in search of an honest Republican.
    After 8 years of cover up, corruption, lies and distortions from the very top (Bush) and down through congressmen it is time for the nation to give the GOP a drubbing such as they haven't had since 1964 or better yet since 1936.

    McCain with his lobbiest problems is shaky and Hillary is no better with her whiney distortions of fact.

    Time for Obama – a candidate of and for the future. Time to switch from the nonsense that 8 years of Clinton and 8 years of Bush have brought us.

    February 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Good, throw his but in jail.

    ...but like Obama's church being investigated for Obama giving a non-political switch over a year ago, and Renzi, its convenient that they are investigated now...

    ...WHILE HUNDRETS OF CHRCHES WHO STOMPED FOR BUSH, AND REFUSED TO GIVE SERVICE TO THE KERRY VOTERS WERE NOT INVESTIGATED.

    HOW ABOUT THAT TRUTHSEEKER?

    February 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hypocrites belong in the lowes darkest deepest regions of Hell

    February 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Wilhemina

    I am a Democrat voting for BO, but I love our hero McCain, I just pray his name does not come up in any of Renzi crimes.

    February 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. bruce

    Wasn't there another Arizona politician under investigation about 20 years ago?

    February 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THIS PRO BUSH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT,
    THIS IS INCREDIBLE,

    TIMED INVESTIGATIONS, POLITICAL PRISONERS (SIEGLMAN IN ALABAMA)

    FIRING OF US ATTORNEYS

    ALBERTO GONZALES GETTING AWAY WITH SPYING ON AMERICANS

    AND THAT'S JUST A FEW...

    HOW MUCH LONGER, HOW MUCH LONGER CAN WE PUT UP WITH REPUBLICANS IN POWER, HOW LONG?

    McCAIN GETTING INTO THE WHITE HOUSE WON'T BE DIFFERENT EITHER, WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THESE DIRTY RTEPUBLICANS FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS JUST TO FIX THE DAMAGE THEY HAVE DONE.

    February 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. aware

    Excellent!

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 or Vote Republican! :)

    February 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Veronica

    This is going to hurt McCain's Campaign. Isn't this man on his campaign committee or one of the main campaign leaders?

    February 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. jp/michigan

    house ethics committee ,will one day check out Obama. March 3rd is the start of the Rezko trial, the judge told the prosecutors to check-on all donations made to politician through 'straw donors' affiliated with Rezko. Watch out Obama.

    February 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Gnomepark

    Being from Arizona, and Mr. Renzi being my rep from my district, I hope he has his papers in order before he goes to prison.

    February 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Corey, Maryland

    How come its always the conservative republicans that keep getting into trouble, and having gay sexual encounters!!! Even the Christian church which pretty much runs the republican party (since they can't think for themselves) has its problems with keeping their hands off of boys!!! There is something seriously wrong with the republican party and all of those who believe in its ideologies!!!!

    February 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. kevin

    hmmm.....looks like another corrupt Repub to me. How many of your ilk have we seen these past eight years? Time to clean house in this election.

    February 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    Renzi is still McCain's AZ campaign co-chair; I guess being loyal to friends is another characteristic that McCain has with Bush. McCain believes he alone can tell who is honorable, and you can trust him – he is above reproach.

    February 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. Rick

    Why dont you investigate those who dont turn over their financial records when they run for office.

    February 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Vig

    What took them so long?

    February 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Willy

    I did not know that Rick Renzi played baseball or did the democrats try to rename a post office after him....

    February 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |