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Statement of the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Trent Franks

Dec 7, 2017
Press Release

In accordance with House Rule XI, clause 3, and Committee Rules 10(a)(2), 16(e)(2), and 18, the Committee on Ethics (Committee) unanimously voted on December 7, 2017, to establish an Investigative Subcommittee.  Pursuant to the Committee’s action, the Investigative Subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Trent Franks engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment, in violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or other standards of conduct.

The Committee notes that the mere fact of establishing an Investigative Subcommittee does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred. 

The Committee will announce the Members who will serve on the Investigative Subcommittee in the next week.  No other public comment will be made on this matter except in accordance with Committee rules.