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Published: Jan 29, 2014 1:38 PM EST
Updated: Jan 29, 2014 1:40 PM EST

The House Committee on Ethics released a statement today announcing it will not continue to investigate former Congressman Trey Radel.

Statement from House Committee on Ethics

On December 12, 2013, the Committee established this Investigative Subcommittee to determine whether Representative Henry J. “Trey” Radel III violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities, with respect to conduct forming the basis for criminal charges of possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, to which Representative Radel pled guilty on November 20, 2013.  The Investigative Subcommittee began its investigation, but was unable to complete its work before Representative Radel resigned from the House on January 27, 2014.  As a consequence, the Investigative Subcommittee no longer has jurisdiction over him. 

This statement constitutes the Investigative Subcommittee’s final action regarding this matter.


The statment was posted on January 29, two days after Radel resigned from Congress.  You can also find it by going to the committee's website.

Radel Resigns

Former Congressman Radel announced his resignation from the House seat on Monday, two months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of cocaine possession. The first-term lawmaker admitted buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in Washington.
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Radel said that some of his "struggles had serious consequences." He said that he doesn't believe he can "fully and effectively serve" in Congress representing his district in Southwest Florida.