House Ethics panel votes to investigate Rep. Trey Radel
The U.S. House committee on Ethics unanimously voted last week to create an investigative subcommittee to look into the conduct of U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers.
Radel, 37, is on a leave of absence from Congress after pleading guilty to misdemeanor possession of cocaine last month in Washington, D.C.
From the committee statement: "Investigative Subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Henry J. 'Trey' Radel III violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities, with respect to conduct forming the basis for criminal charges of possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, to which Representative Radel pled guilty on November 20, 2013.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., will chair the subcomittee. Other members: Reps. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Janice Hahn, D-Calif.