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Posted: Monday, 28 July 2014 4:50PM

Whitfield Addresses Ethics Investigation

Monday afternoon Congressman Ed Whitfield addressed allegations brought forth recently about an ethics complaint being investigated by the House Ethics Committee. Congressman Whitfield says the complaint currently being investigated by the House Ethics Committee is about a piece of legislation that he has sponsored to protect Tennessee Walking Horses.

Whitfield says the perceived ethical conflict is that he was influenced by his wife, a lobbyist, to file this legislation.

Whitfield says he has been a strong supporter of animals for many years.

A report released recently by R.G. Dunlop with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting linked a different ethics complaint, that may or may not have been filed yet, to the investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Congressman Whitfield says despite speculation to the contrary, the House Ethics Committee is not investigating him in connection to a piece of property he owned in West Virginia.

The House Ethics Committee notes that an investigation into a complaint does not itself indicate an ethical violation.

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