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Ethics committee extends investigation of Roskam

WASHINGTON – The House Ethics Committee says it is extending an investigation of Republican Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois.

The committee said it received a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative body, and has decided to extend its investigation of Roskam. The committee said it will announce its course of action on Roskam in September, and said extending an investigation does not indicate that a violation has occurred.

The committee did not indicate what the OCE report included or what was investigated.

Roskam represents Illinois' 6th Congressional District, which includes the southeast part of McHenry County.

Roskam's office said in a statement the OCE investigation into him involved a trip to Taiwan. Roskam spokeswoman Stephanie Kittredge said he informed the Ethics Committee about the trip before he left and took the unusual step of publicizing his OCE report Friday because he said he had done nothing wrong.

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

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