Ethics panel wants more time in probe of Bachmann, two others
September 11th, 2013
06:16 PM ET
7 months ago

Ethics panel wants more time in probe of Bachmann, two others

Washington (CNN) – The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday it wants more time to gather information in the investigation of alleged ethics violations by three House members - Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, Illinois GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, and New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop.

The panel closed its investigation of allegations made against Massachusetts Democratic Rep. John Tierney.

Members of the ethics panel, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, made the announcement after completing a 90-day review of reports filed by the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).

Bachman, who is not running for re-election next year, is facing accusations of an improper transfer of campaign funds to help her 2012 White House bid. Among other things, Bachmann may have improperly used funds from a leadership PAC to pay a campaign consultant, according to the OCE.

In its report – which was released by the Ethics Committee on Wednesday – the OCE also said Bachmann may have improperly used campaign resources to promote the sale of her book, Core of Conviction.

The four-term congresswoman also faces allegations over her presidential campaign's failure to reveal payments to an Iowa state senator who worked on Bachmann's behalf. In its report, however, the OCE recommended that the House Ethics Committee dismiss that charge, arguing that there is no "substantial reason" to believe that Bachmann knew disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission by her presidential campaign were false.

Bachmann has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. In July, her attorney blasted the OCE for making "highly politicized allegations" that are "baseless and without merit."

Meanwhile, Roskam, a member of the House GOP leadership, is being investigated for a trip that he and his wife took in the fall of 2011 to Taiwan.

The key question in the case is whether Roskam's trip was run by the government of Taiwan or an educational organization known as the Chinese Culture University. House rules ban travel paid for by foreign governments.

Roskam spokeswoman Stephanie Kittridge noted in a statement released in July that the ethics committee itself approved of the trip, and insisted the OCE was wrong to review a matter that had been vetted through appropriate channels.

Bishop, now in his sixth term, is under fire for allegedly soliciting a $5,000 campaign donation from a supporter in return for helping the supporter's family get a permit to set off fireworks at their son's bar mitzvah celebration.

In July, Bishop declared, "I welcome a fair-minded review of the facts because I have done nothing wrong."

Tierney, a nine-term congressman, had been accused of breaking rules relating to public financial disclosure.

Tierney's wife received over $220,000 while managing a bank account for her brother, who ran an illegal offshore gambling operation. She spent a month in prison after pleading guilty to helping her brother file false tax returns.

Tierney, who faced a tough re-election fight in 2012, argued his wife's payments were a gift not subject to disclosure rules.

In its statement released Wednesday, the Ethics Committee's top Democrat and Republican called the evidence in Tierney's case "inconclusive."

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: Congress • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Bill

    With any luck, the loud-mouthed, misinformed, bombastic haridan from the MN 6th will be removed from Congress before her lapses. Quite possibly the worst congresswoman ever to serve. In six years, only one piece of legislation she introduced ever became law. Too bad the voters of her district allowed her to hoodwink them into thinking she would serve with honor.

    September 11, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Where is Darrell Edward Issa the U.S. Representative from California's 49th congressional district ?

    He would get to the bottom of this !

    Michele Bachmann / Randy Paul
    Tea Party Forever 2016

    September 11, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. MaryM

    She wont run again. Just tell her to leave now

    September 11, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    ---all thieves. Thus story ended. Sleep baby, sleep.

    September 11, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Jack

    Mrs. Bachman probably didn't do anything wrong, but I don't like her type of politics. She comes across as a self-righteous spoiled brat!

    September 11, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Debbie

    She's a nut job.

    September 11, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. boungiorno

    Well you seem to have the fact's or don't you? So that being the case you have reached a conclusion!

    September 11, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. 1twinsfan

    Sheesh, was it really necessary to have that photo of Bachmann with an article about longer probing?

    September 11, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    If Bachmann is no longer a member of the House when the Ethics committee comes to a conclusion, what is the consequence for her?

    September 11, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Republicans breaking the law again? Say it isn't so.

    Moochelle is guilty I know and I haven't even read the reports. She just can't get enough of those government handouts–you know, the ones that only democrats and those 47% collect. I hope they prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law and make her repay EVERY dime she stole from the U.S. taxpayers. What a liar she is.

    September 11, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I hope this mean, crazy witch gets thrown in prison!

    September 11, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. What's in that tea anyway?

    This is a travesty.....but I kid, this couldn't happen to a more deserving nut job,,,, good riddens broomhilda

    September 11, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Batty Bachmann is going down. She made a fool of herself again in the middle East this week. The GOBP tea potty love those fools.

    September 12, 2013 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  14. Marie MD

    The rethugs are at it again. Me? I did something wrong?
    Money under the table? Nah, free trips for endorsements?
    They are all the same, hoods from suburbia.

    September 12, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |