House Ethics Committee investigating Corrine Brown

A unanimous vote sealed it: the House Ethics Committee is setting up a special four-person subcommittee to investigate Corrine Brown. 

Meanwhile, the Congresswoman has no comment on the charges or the investigation … something which no doubt will change Friday at her Tallahassee news conference.

The investigation covers “allegations that she engaged in improper conduct relating to certain outside organizations, including allegations that she may have conspired with other persons in connection with fraudulent activity, improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign funds for personal purposes, used official resources for impermissible nonofficial purposes, failed to comply with tax laws, and made false statements, and/or failed to make required disclosures, to the House of Representatives and Federal Election Commission.”

With Brown scandals currently including her role in the One Door For Education scandal and the questionable role of her aide Von Alexander, it is clear that the committee will have plenty to address.

Notable: the Department of Justice asked the subcommittee to defer action at this time.

“The Department of Justice has asked the Committee to defer consideration of the matters in the Investigative Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The Committee, following precedent, unanimously recommended to the Investigative Subcommittee that it defer action on its investigation at this time. No other public comment will be made on this matter except in accordance with Committee rules.”