Pursuant to Committee Rule 7(g), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee
on Ethics (Committee) determined on November 10, 2014, to release the following statement:
On June 10, 2014, the Committee on Ethics received a referral from the Office of Congressional
Ethics (OCE) regarding Representative Ed Whitfield. Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 3(b)(8)(A)
and Committee Rule 17A, the Chairman and Ranking Member jointly decided on July 25, 2014, to
extend the Committee's review of the matter. In order to gather additional information necessary to
complete its review, the Committee will review the matter pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a). The
Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory
disclosure of such fu1iher review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occmTed, or
reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.
In order to comply with Committee Rule 7 regarding confidentiality, out of fairness to all
respondents, and to assure the integrity of its work, the Committee will refrain from making
further public statements on this matter pending completion of its initial review.
Pursuant to Committee Rule 17A, the Committee hereby publishes OCE's Report and Findings relating
to allegations against Representative Whitfield and Representative Whitfield's
submission to the Committee.