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Wall Street Journal: House ethics panel drops probe of Hastings, others

WSJ: "The House ethics committee dropped an investigation into how six lawmakers spent federal travel funds while visiting foreign countries, citing a lack of evidence and confusing rules on the use of such money.

"The ruling comes after the House's independent ethics board, the Office of Congressional Ethics, found enough evidence to refer the matter to the ethics committee following a Wall Street Journal article in March that said lawmakers had used daily cash stipends to cover expenses that appeared to be unauthorized by House rules.

"The investigation focused on Reps. Robert Aderholt (R., Ala.), G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.), Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.), Solomon Ortiz (D., Texas) and Joe Wilson (R., S.C.)."