CONGRESS CLEARS LAURA RICHARDSON OF ETHICAL ALLEGATIONSBy LBReport.com
The House of Representatives Committee on Standards and Office Conduct has cleared Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D., Carson-LB) of allegations referred to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics, dismissing its review of those allegations.
Following a seven-month probe, the Committee’s investigative subcommittee voted unanimously to adopt a finding “that Congresswoman Richardson did not knowingly accept a gift from Washington Mutual or violate any applicable standard of conduct in connectiom with the purchase of, foreclose on, rescission of foreclosure sale for, or modification of loan terms for a residential property she owns in Sacramento, California.”
In addition, the investigative subcommittee found that Representative Richardson did not violate the Ethics in Government Act in connection with her financial disclosure statements relating to her California properties.”
The investigative subcommittee also recommended that the matter involving the mortgage broker used in connection with Congresswoman Richardson’s purchase of the Sacramento property be referred to the Justice Department.
On June 30, the full Committee voted to adopt the report and recommendations.
Congresswoman Richardson released a prepared statement in response:
“After a long, deliberate and comprehensive review, the bi-partisan House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct has unanimously and unequivocally rejected all of the allegations against me and confirmed that I violated no law or standard of conduct.
I would like to thank the constituents of California’s 37th Congressional District, who have continued to evaluate my performance by the service we provide to them, the State of California and the Nation.
“I’d like to acknowledge both my district and capitol staffs, who have remained focused in providing quality services, and whose professionalism, expertise, care and legislative and constituent services have been nothing short of amazing.
“I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to my family and church support, who have never wavered in their support of me.
“Today closes a chapter and opens a door. The Committee’s bipartisan report confirms that I have at all times acted in accordance with my ethical duties as a Member of Congress. I am thankful this is over and behind me and I can continue to do what I enjoy, which is serving the people of California’s 37th District.”