U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown under investigation by House Ethics Committee
The House Ethics Committee today said it has opened an investigation into Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville.
A letter released Wednesday states that the investigation includes “allegations that she engaged in improper conduct relating to certain outside organizations, including allegations that she may have conspired with other persons in connection with fraudulent activity, improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign funds for personal purposes, used official resources for impermissible non-official purposes, failed to comply with tax laws and made false statements, and/or failed to make required disclosures, to the House of Representatives and Federal Election Commission." Read the notice here.
The committee will wait to act, as requested by the Department of Justice, according to the letter, highlighting the seriousness of the allegations.
The timing could not be worse. Brown is fighting redistricting and has a court hearing Friday in Tallahassee.
Federal investigators issued a subpoena to Brown in January and earlier this month the head of an organization tied to Brown pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.