Trey Radel update: House committee votes to continue ethics investigation of Florida congressman

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has unanimously voted to continue its inquiry of U.S. Rep. Trey Radel following his guilty plea for cocaine possession last month.

The vote only authorizes the creation of an subcommittee to investigate whether Radel violated the House's official Code of Conduct or any law, rule, regulation or other standard. While Radel has received one year of probation following his guilty plea, nothing has been proven by the House ethics committee.

The vote was completed Thursday, just as members of Congress were leaving Washington D.C. for the holiday recess and one week before the 30-day deadline to decide whether to continue the investigation. The committee won't make a further statement on the matter, following committee rules.

The news wasn't a surprise at Radel's office, a spokesperson for the congressman said in an email.

"Congressman Radel has acknowledged and accepted full responsibility for his actions and is committed to continuing and completing a treatment program that will help him overcome his personal problems," the spokesperson said. "He expected that the House Ethics Committee would look into the matter and intends to appropriately address the investigation initiated by the House Ethics Committee."

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