House ethics committee clears powerful GOP congressman
July 10th, 2012
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

House ethics committee clears powerful GOP congressman

Washington (CNN) - The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday that it has cleared Florida Republican Vern Buchanan in an investigation, finding no evidence that he purposely omitted information from the annual financial disclosure forms he is required to file.

But while the committee closed the case on this matter, it did not comment on other allegations involving Buchanan's business practices, his campaign finances, and accusations that he tried to try to stop a witness from talking. Buchanan remains the target of at least four congressional and federal investigations into those allegations.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Ethics in Florida? Ha!!! This from the state who stole an election, surpressing the vote and has the stand your ground law. Republicans in Florida are corrupt.

    July 10, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. joe

    impressive....100 hrs to clear gop,3 years + no proof equals centure of dem ag.....bias???

    July 10, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. paulcat

    You got to be kidding me. Please, vote all republicans out of office. Is this what we pay them to do?

    July 10, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    But but but but but bbbbbbbbbbbbut.......IT'S OK IF YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN!!!

    July 10, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    You got that right ,good reason to kick out the rest of the republican bafoons party bums !!

    July 10, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. WiredweirdinSF

    Just saw this video that one of the liberal groups plan to use against Romney telling blacks he is too white. Is ths another lie about Obozo being the post racial president? Or is it just typical democrat liberal hypocrisy? (Sorry, democrat liberal and hypocrisy are the same thing).

    July 10, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Wake up people

    Stevie Wonder would have seen this coming. (No offense Stevie!) The words ethics and Florida should NEVER be used in the same sentence.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 10, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Name JR

    I would put my economic future into somebody hands that has difficult tax disclosures than a party of ez filers. The only reason they even file is to get their EITC.

    July 10, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. kayla

    it does not surprise me one bit. animal farm again

    July 10, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Darryl

    The Republicans are something else. They need to be voted out of office period.

    July 10, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Of course he'd be cleared, he's a Republican and they are guilty of the same.

    July 10, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    has this ethics committee ever really NAILED ANYBODY??? Just a waste of time and more tax payer dollars as both Republicans and Democrats seem to get off scott free from these cases.

    July 10, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Myviewis

    To make a long story short, Karzan was in financial trouble, was hoping for $2.9 million from Buchanan and not enough evidence to back Karzan's story on Buchanan's wrong doing. Committee clears Buchanan. Oh, and it is Karzan who gets fined $5000. Wow, that was an interesting mess Karzan caused only for Karzan to be the one that gets Fined.

    July 10, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Rangel wasn't even being investigated for the other crap and he got censured. This guy gets a free pass because he toes the party line and spends one lunch hour a week taking his turn under Norquist's desk.

    July 10, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Pete

    Just who was on this so called committee,republicans in majority I bet.If it were a Democrate he'd walked the plank by now wouldn't he,just ask AG Holder,republicans were like pit bulls on his ass weren't they!!!

    July 10, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Larry L

    "The statement noted that between 30% and 50% of the disclosure forms filed by House members include errors."
    ------------------------------------------------
    How about an investigation on the failure of the House to vet their members.

    July 10, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Thomas

    He sounds like a candidate for Mitt Romney's commission on Banking.

    A good Republican , with a clear moral understanding of lupholes .

    July 10, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. T'sah From Virginia

    ►House ethics committee clears powerful GOP congressman◄
    Wow, that was a "Fast and Furious" decision and with no more to come?
    Even though there is "other things" unethical – he still remains on the throne
    Please, was anything else expected from the GOPers when it's one of their own?

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 10, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    CNN your headline is garbage. Cleared of I ( which 30- 50 % get wrong, OMG and they are bright enough to represent some of us!!) of 4 ethics charges and some federal charges and Grand juries ongoing. He has been cleared of nothing in effect. 1 out of 4 don't get you a pass mark even or a Grade F- puhleeeze!!
    I dont care which party he represents he has along way to go to prove he can rightfully remain a representative of the people.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 11, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |