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5/19/2006 

Ethics probe to include Rep. Ney

Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 18, 2006:
The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday agreed to launch its own probes of several lawmakers who are under federal investigation, including Ohio's Bob Ney.

Rogue lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Ney's former chief of staff, Neil Volz, have pleaded guilty to criminal charges that stemmed from plying Ney with meals, sports tickets and a trip to Scotland that they said were meant to influence Ney's official actions. Ney denies wrong doing and says he welcomes the ethics investigation.

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One of those statements said the committee will investigate accusations that Ney accepted "gifts, travel benefits, campaign contributions . . . or other items of value" from Abramoff and his associates, and "the relationship if any" between those gifts and "Ney's status or actions as a member of Congress."

The ethics panel established a four-member investigative subcommittee to probe Ney's actions. Its members are: Texans Lamar Smith, a Republican, and Gene Green, a Democrat, along with Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn and California Democrat Xavier Becerra.

"The investigative subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Rep. Ney violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation or other standard of conduct applicable to his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities," the statement said.
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