Campaign 2010

May 09, 2012

House Ethics Report Says “Substantial Reason to Believe Buchanan Influenced Testimony of Witness”

The bipartisan House Ethics Committee, chaired by Republican Congressman Jo Bonner (AL-01), announced it will continue its investigation into Congressman Vern Buchanan for attempting to influence a witness in a federal investigation into his campaign finances.  According to an Office of Congressional Ethics report, investigators found that “there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Buchanan attempted to influence the testimony of a witness.” Congressman Buchanan allegedly agreed to a $2.9 million settlement in return for an affidavit and threatened his business partner.

Key Findings in the Office of Congressional Ethics Report:

  • OCE found that “there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Buchanan attempted to influence the testimony of a witness,” violating Federal law. [OCE Report, 1/27/12]
  • Buchanan allegedly made a $2.9 million settlement agreement with his business partner contingent on signing a false affidavit.  [OCE Report, 1/27/12]
  • Buchanan threatened business partner’s reputation if he testified against him.  [OCE Report, 1/27/12]

This isn’t the only investigation Congressman Buchanan is facing:

  • Buchanan faces serious legal and possibly criminal issues. “There are tax evasion issues.” [WTSP, 5/8/12]
  • Buchanan is under investigation by the FBI, IRS, and a federal grand jury. [New York Times, 2/24/12]
  • FEC said that Buchanan “more likely than not” violated federal election laws. [Sarasota Tribune Herald, 1/20/12]

FEC says Rep. Buchanan’s former Hyundai firm engaged in an “extensive and ongoing scheme.” [Bradenton Herald, 5/31/11]


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