Guam delegate to Congress facing ethics inquiry

Madeleine Bordallo, Guam’s delegate to Congress is under investigation for a potential ethics violation, the House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday evening.

The substance of the inquiry is unclear. But its existence was made public Thursday under a decade-old process requiring the Ethics Committee to disclose the targets of investigations 45 days after complaints have been referred.

Bordallo’s matter was referred to the committee in June by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent entity established in 2008 to police lawmakers’ conduct. OCE refers cases to the House Ethics Committee when there’s a “substantial reason to believe” that they’re credible. The committee has another 45 days — until Sept. 11 — to decide whether to make a ruling in Bordallo’s case or prolong it indefinitely.

A spokesman for Bordallo, who has represented Guam in Congress since 2003, called the announcement the result of a “politically motivated complaint.” The spokesman, Adam Carbullido, noted that referrals to the Ethics Committee don’t amount to a finding of any violation.

“Congresswoman Bordallo is cooperating fully with the Committee and is committed to abiding by the rules of the House and federal law,” he said. “She asserts that no violation has occurred and looks forward to timely resolution by the Ethics Committee.”

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