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House Ethics Committee to investigate Trey Radel

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) exits D.C. Superior Court in late November after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor cocaine possession charge. (Washington Post)

The House Ethics Committee plans to formally investigate Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) following his arrest and guilty plea for cocaine possession.

A panel of lawmakers led by Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) will determine whether Radel violated the House Code of Conduct or broke any other laws or regulations related to his responsibilities as a lawmaker.

The launch of a formal probe may compel the panel to ask Radel about his history of substance abuse and ultimately could result in a formal reprimand by the full House.

Radel, 37, pleaded guilty on Nov. 20 to a ­misdemeanor drug-possession charge in D.C. Superior Court. He was sentenced to one year of probation, is undergoing substance abuse treatment in Florida and has said he will remain in office.

Although House Republican leaders haven't called for his resignation, Florida GOP officials have called on Radel to step down, saying his continuing in office would serve as a distraction.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.



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