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Roskam defends trip to Taiwan at center of ethics probe

Updated: July 30, 2013 9:16AM

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) is defending a trip to Taiwan that is at the center of a new ethics probe.

Stephanie Kittredge, Communications Director, U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-6) said the trip was vetted beforehand.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, an investigative body, which makes recommendations to the House Ethics Committee announced Friday it was probing Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) without detailing what was at issue. Roskam is the Chief Deputy Whip, a top member of the House GOP leadership team — among the highest-ranking members of the Illinois delegation in Washington D.C.

“The record reflects that Rep. Roskam fully complied with all laws, rules, and procedures related to privately sponsored travel. The trip was vetted and approved by the House Ethics Committee, the body legally authorized to make determinations on Congressional conduct.

“The OCE is wrong to take issue with the involvement of the Government of Taiwan in planning and conducting the trip, a matter that is routine, allowed under the law, and was known to the House Ethics Committee as they thoroughly vetted and approved the trip.”

Rep. Roskam will continue to fully cooperate, having already turned over every document and communication, made himself and his staff available for interview, waived his right to confidentiality with the House Ethics Committee, and otherwise provided any and all information regarding the trip to OCE.”

Rep. Roskam is taking the extraordinary step of voluntarily releasing the non-public OCE report and materials relating to their review. He fully expects the clear and indisputable facts of the case to speak for themselves, that both he and his staff have acted in accordance with all laws, rules, and regulations. Rep. Roskam and his staff have fully followed House Ethics Committee procedures to take an approved, appropriate, and informative trip to a key U.S. strategic ally.”

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