Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Ed Whitfield

Nov 10, 2014
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.