Source: Fredreka Schouten / USA Today
WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee launched a review Thursday of potential misconduct by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., and his longtime employment of a Chicago lobbyist in his congressional office, disclosed last year by USA TODAY.
In a statement, Gutiérrez spokesman Douglas Rivlin said the review examines whether “a long-standing contract” was permitted under House rules.
The ethics committee review does not imply that Gutiérrez has violated any rules, the panel noted in its statement. It has until May 5 to announce what action, if any, it will take.
The case was referred to the Ethics Committee last December by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, which conducts preliminary reviews of allegations that House members have violated ethics rules.
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