Bordallo maintains innocence amid ethics probe

0
102

The longtime congresswoman emphasizes that the mere fact of an ethics probe does not in itself indicate any wrongdoing or violation.

Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is disputing a controversial ethics probe by the House Ethics Committee, saying in a statement to PNC that there has been “no violation of federal law or House rules.”

“The review is a result of politically motivated complaints lodged against her to the Office of Congressional Ethics,” said Communications Director Adam Carbullido in a statement to PNC.

“It is important that the Committee has again noted that ‘the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee,'” Carbullido added.

You can read Carbullido’s full statement to PNC below:

As you know, today the House Ethics Committee reported that it needs additional time to complete its review of Congresswoman Bordallo’s ethics matter. It is important that the Committee has again noted that “the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

Congresswoman Bordallo maintains her belief that no violation of federal law or House Rules has occurred, and that the review is a result of politically motivated complaints lodged against her to the Office of Congressional Ethics. She is committed to cooperating with the House Ethics Committee as it continues its review.

Congresswoman Bordallo asserts that her agreement to rent her home in Tamuning to the Consul General of Japan—which was entered into in 1993, long before her election to the House of Representatives, and which she has received no benefit above fair market value—does not violate federal law or House Rules. Additionally she continues to assert that her staying in her sister’s unit in the Outrigger Hotel, which is owned completely by her sister’s family, also does not violate federal law or House Rules.

While the Committee has not indicated a timeline for completion of their review, Congresswoman Bordallo respects this important process and looks forward to working with the Committee to resolve this matter. Congresswoman Bordallo remains intently focused on continuing her strong advocacy in Congress on behalf of the people of Guam.

Comments