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House committee finds Young violated ethics rules

By KTVA CBS 11 News 3:27 PM June 20, 2014

Editor’s note: The above video contains an interview with University of Alaska Anchorage professor Forrest Nabors on what he thinks the violations mean for the congressman’s political future.

Alaska Rep. Don Young violated multiple House rules and standards of conduct on at least 15 separate occasions, found a report released Friday by a U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee.

The report examined the findings of a congressional subcommittee that investigated 25 separate hunting trips. It found Young violated ethics rules on 15 of those occasions; misusing campaign funds and accepting improper gifts. The congressman was ordered to repay more than $59,000, which the committee said he promptly did.

While the committee commended Young for accepting responsibility for the violations and quickly bringing himself into compliance, it also issued a letter of reproval for actions that “demonstrated a lack of appropriate safeguards and an inattention to the relevant standards of conduct.”

Young responded with the following statement regarding the violations:

“I accept the House Committee on Ethics’ report and regret the oversights it has identified,” Young wrote. “There were a number of instances where I failed to exercise due care in complying with the House’s Code of Conduct and for that I apologize. As the Committee indicates in its report, I never ‘made any knowingly false statements to government officials’ nor did I act ‘corruptly or in bad faith.’”

The investigation included interviews with 16 different witnesses, 20 subpoenas and more than 220,000 pages of documents, according to the ethics committee.

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