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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 07/01/2011

House ethics panel extends consideration over cases of Reps. Meeks and Schmidt

The House ethics committee announced Friday that it is extending its consideration of whether two members violated the chamber’s rules.

The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said that it has decided to extend until Aug. 16 its investigations into questions raised a about actions by Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio).

“The Committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee,” the panel’s statement reads.

Meeks is being investigated over omissions from his financial disclosure forms, while Schmidt faces questions regarding her receipt of legal services from a Turkish-American group, according to reports.

The ethics panel said that the Office of Congressional Ethics, the House’s independent ethics arm, had referred the matters to the committee on May 18.

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