- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The House Ethics Committee has ended its investigation into whether former Rep. Trey Radel, Florida Republican, violated the Code of Official Conduct or any other rules or laws related to his duties and responsibilities as a congressman after he resigned earlier this week in the wake of trying to purchase cocaine in a sting operation in Washington, D.C., in October.

An Investigative Subcommittee was established on Dec. 12 and had begun its work, but was unable to finish it before Mr. Radel resigned on Monday.

“As a consequence, the Investigative Subcommittee no longer has jurisdiction over him,” reads a joint statement from the subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, New York Democrat and the subcommittee’s ranking member. “This statement constitutes the Investigative Subcommittee’s final action regarding this matter.”

After pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession in November, Mr. Radel had originally talked of perhaps holding on to the seat he won in November 2012, but he came under heavy pressure from party leaders to step aside.

In Mr. Radel’s resignation letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, he wrote that it has been an “honor” to serve Florida’s 19th Congressional District, and that “regardless of some personal struggles in 2013, this year has already been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith.”

“Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences,” he wrote. “While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.”

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Mr. Radel, a onetime talk radio host, was caught trying to purchase cocaine in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood in late October.

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