- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Corinne Brown is rebutting allegations that she may have broken the law.

During a tumultuous press conference on Friday, the Jacksonville Democrat said “I’m clean” after being asked multiple times about an ongoing investigation.

The House Ethics Committee this week announced it has opened an investigation over a number of allegations, including “fraudulent activity” with an unnamed organization.

The committee will defer to the Justice Department and not actively pursue the probe. The panel also is aware of allegations that Brown may have improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign money for personal use, and failed to comply with tax laws.

Brown maintained there was an “organized” effort to oust her but declined to say who’s behind it. Brown says her lawyers have told her to “zip it.”

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