House Ethics Committee to Investigate Rep. Radel Regarding Cocaine Use

The freshman Congressman pled guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in November.

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The House Ethics Committee unanimously voted on Monday to investigate Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) who pled guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in November. The committee will determine whether or not the 37-year-old freshman Congressman violated the House Code of Conduct before he took his leave of absence in the wake of his sentencing.

Republican leaders within the House of Representatives have yet to call for Radel’s resignation, according to the Washington Post, but the investigation may lead to formal punishment. Days after Radel’s sentencing, Republican leaders in Florida called for the  self-named “hip hop conservative” to step down, but Radel has said he will not. Instead he is undergoing a substance-abuse treatment program in Florida.

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Radel, who admitted he purchased $250 worth of cocaine from an undercover FBI agent, was sentenced to 1-year probation on Nov. 20. He is currently in a rehab center in Naples, Fla.

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[Washington Post]

6 comments
notsacredh
notsacredh

He's putting the "party" back in the Repuiblican Party. Give the guy a silver spoon.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

SERIOUS BET:

$1,000 says that TIME Magazine would not give such negative coverage if it were a Democratic Congressman going through a similar or same situation.

Any takers?

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Who says Boehners's House is a "Do Nothing" group?

yogi
yogi

But will they do more than the justice system? 1-year probation is pretty hard to top.