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Ethics board finds cause to continue investigating allegations against Petri

A unanimous Office of Congressional Ethics Board found "substantial reason" to believe GOP U.S. Rep. Tom Petri violated House rules in taking actions benefiting companies in which he had a financial stake.

House Ethics Committee Chair Michael Conway, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., announced today the body would continue to review the matter to gather more information, though doing so "does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee."

Petri, R-Fond du Lac, asked the House Ethics Committee earlier this year to look into allegations he acted on behalf of Oshkosh Corp. while owning stock in the company. At the time, he said he had sought the committee's advice in his actions and did nothing improper.

In the Office of Congressional Ethics report, it noted Petri and his staff sought the committee's guidance at times, but did not "seek advice before taking all official acts."

The report also said Petri and his staff in 2012 and 2013 contacted the EPA on behalf of Manitowoc Co. even though he owned stock in the company.

The board voted 5-0 in June with one abstention to continue looking into the allegations. The House Ethics Committee released the board's report today as part of its announcement the review would continue.

Petri said today he was "deeply disappointed" that the committee has not already resolved the case "once and for all" and described the Office of Congressional Ethics report as "flawed."

The House Ethics Committee statement did not indicate when the committee would wrap up its review or if it would empanel an investigative subcommittee, normally a step before more serious actions are taken against members.

Petri insisted the Office of Congressional Ethics ignored the "well-documented record" of his office's interactions with the House committee, saying he sought its advice and then followed it in his actions.

“But I remain hopeful that the Ethics Committee -- and anyone objectively reviewing the record -- will conclude that I have acted properly and complied with House rules; any suggestion to the contrary by the Office of Congressional Ethics report is untrue, biased and incomplete," Petri said.




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