WASHINGTON (AP/WCCO) — Allegations surrounding Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and her brief presidential campaign are getting further examination from the House Ethics Committee.
The panel said in a brief statement Friday it is extending until at least September a review of Bachmann’s case, which was referred to it by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative body. The panel said it would announce any further action by Sept. 11.
The committee announced similar extensions of OCE investigations for three other members of Congress: Reps. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., Pete Roskam, R-Ill., and John Tierney, D-Mass. The panel said it would announce further action on those cases, too, in September.
That does not bode well for the Congresswoman, according to University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Larry Jacobs.
“Michele was in trouble, so she is in more trouble. What’s going on has not amounted to charges or actions against here, but there’s a lot of smoke there,” Jacobs said. “Usually as these things expands, it means there are on to something, and the dogs are barking and the investigators will keep digging.”
WCCO’s Susie Jones Interviews Jacobs