Congressman Don Young says he’s not worried about an investigation into whether he violated ethics rules.
The House Ethics Committee announced this month that they’re looking into whether the Congressman misused campaign funds, failed to report gifts, and lied to federal officials. During an visit to Juneau, Young told reporters that he is cooperating with the investigation. He also accused the committee of playing politics in targeting him alongside New Jersey Democrat Rob Andrews.
“Reality is that I truly believe that they had to have a Republican as well as a Democrat. As you know, Andrews is under the scrutiny, too. And we’ll see what happens. I’m confident where I’ve been and I always have been. If I wasn’t that confident, I couldn’t continue to run and look Alaskans in eye.”
Young says that the new investigation should not affect his work in Washington.
“I’ve been under a cloud all my life. I’m sort of like living in Juneau. It rains on you all the time, and you don’t even notice it.”
Young had previously been under investigation by the FBI for similar charges, but the agency concluded that there was not enough evidence to convict him beyond reasonable doubt. In a 2010 memo, the FBI said they had instead “forwarded a letter outlining certain actions taken by Congressman Young and will leave punishment to the discretion of the Ethics Commission.”
See Original Story
- The students studied 10 subject areas as they related to World War II. Their study materials included math, history, art and music. They competed against more than 130 students from 11 other high schools.
- The Trump administration hasn't taken action on its promises to protect religious liberties, which some see as opposing LGBTQ people. But some state legislatures are taking this as support.
- After minor surgeries, many dentists used to reflexively prescribe quick-acting opioids to relieve a patient's pain. Now they're learning to counsel patients about better, less addictive alternatives.
- Some Alaskans have another chance to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. They're people who had a plan from Moda Health last year.