Rep. Steve Stockman Subpoenaed
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Outgoing Rep. Steve Stockman and three staffers in his Capitol Hill office have been served with grand jury subpoenas for testimony and documents in a criminal investigation in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The Texas Republican — who has been under scrutiny for campaign contributions from his staff — hasn’t decided whether to cooperate.
“I am consulting with counsel to determine whether and to what extent compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the privileges and rights of the House,” Stockman formally informed Speaker John A. Boehner in a notice that was read by the House clerk when the chamber reconvened Wednesday after six weeks of recess.
Stockman’s office did not respond to phone or email inquiries on Monday.
In a scathing report made public in June, the Office of Congressional Ethics said Stockman may have violated federal law and House rules when he accepted campaign donations from two of his congressional staffers, lied to investigators and attempted to impede their work. Stockman’s campaign falsely identified the donors as family members of the employees in subsequent campaign finance reports, the OCE found. The congressman later told OCE that the staffers resigned before making the contributions and were then re-hired, according to the report.
You can read more about the Ethics’ Committee’s “scathing” report on the unctuous soon-to-be-ex-Rep. Stockton here.
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