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]