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The former congressman, who was released from prison in 2001 after President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence, announced his latest political plans Wednesday at a news conference in Chicago. “People are human. They make mistakes,” said Mr. Reynolds, who spoke in front of a sign that read in all capital letters: “Redemption.” 

HOUSE

Reyes’ ethics probe continues after findings

An independent House panel has concluded that is substantial reason to believe Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat, violated ethics rules and federal law by conducting campaign meetings on House property and using campaign money to pay expenses for his daughter’s residence.

The Office of Congressional Ethics report was sent to the House Ethics Committee, which released the findings Wednesday and said it was continuing its own investigation of the eight-term lawmaker.

The office, run by a board of non-legislators, investigates complaints and makes recommendations to the House Ethics Committee.

In Mr. Reyes’ case, the office recommended that the ethics committee investigate and subpoena Mr. Reyes, who refused to cooperate with the office’s probe. The House committee said the referral does not reflect any final judgment that violations occurred.

Reyes spokesman Jose Borjon said in a statement that the lawmaker was “pleased that the ethics committee took no further action on this matter, while making clear that the [ethics office’s] referral did not indicate that any violation occurred.”

The statement said Mr. Reyes “fully responded to these unsupported allegations and cooperated with the ethics committee to resolve them” while carrying out his official duties “with the highest level of integrity, strictly adhering to the rules governing” the House.

CONGRESS

Feinstein: Gitmo detainees could safely be held in U.S.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says a new government report shows the controversial detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be closed and the detainees moved to the United States without harming national security.

Mrs. Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a Government Accountability Office study Wednesday that says U.S. prisons could safely absorb all 166 detainees now held at Guantanamo. Many of the detainees are accused of plotting terrorist acts against the U.S.

The California Democrat says the study shows that U.S. prisons already hold 373 prisoners convicted of terrorism in 98 facilities across the country, with no known security problems reported.

The report does say that existing facilities would need to be modified and current inmates may need to be relocated to make room.

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