Source: Paul Singer / USA Today
The House Ethics Committee is investigating Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House Republican, her lawyer said Thursday. The probe apparently involves allegations of improperly mixing campaign and official funds.
USA TODAY reported Wednesday that McMorris Rodgers had spent nearly $70,000 on legal services at the end of last year from firms that specialize in congressional investigations, suggesting that investigators may have been exploring the case for months.
On Wednesday, spokesman Nate Hodson called the payments simply a routine part of her job in congressional leadership, which she assumed in January 2013. “We have, on a regular basis, a number of things that come up that we have to talk to outside counsel about,” he said.
On Thursday, Hodson said, “We are confident that every activity was compliant with all federal laws, House rules, and Standards of Conduct. We are fully cooperating and look forward to seeing this matter dismissed.”
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