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Ethics Office Investigating Michele Bachmann

03/26/2013 - 8:45 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Michele Bachmann and her short-lived campaign last year for the GOP presidential nomination are being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

A lawyer for the Minnesota Republican says Bachmann is cooperating with the investigation. The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent investigative body established by the House five years ago to conduct preliminary investigations into allegations of misconduct by House members or their aides.

The panel can dismiss cases or refer them to the House Ethics Committee. Lawyer William McGinley says there are no allegations that Bachmann "engaged in wrongdoing." He says Bachmann is confident that the investigators will conclude that she did nothing inappropriate.

The Daily Beast first reported Monday that Bachmann was the subject of an OCE investigation of financial transactions by her presidential campaign.