Jan 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Lamborn may have misused official resources, ethics panel alleges

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Rep. Doug Lamborn departs from a news conference held by the House Republican Israel Caucus on May 19, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Congressional ethics investigators said Monday there is "substantial reason" to believe that Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) misused official resources and solicited or accepted improper gifts from subordinates.

Driving the news: Lamborn's aides told investigators they were often asked to run personal errands for his wife, Jeanie Lamborn, and were at one point tasked with helping his son apply for a federal position, according to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Lamborn strongly denies the allegations.

  • Lamborn may have also permitted his chief of staff to compel other staff members to provide gifts to him and his family, the OCE said.
  • The House Committee on Ethics has agreed to further review the allegations, which could constitute a violation of "House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law," per the OCE.

Our thought bubble, via Axios Denver's John Frank: In Colorado, Jeanie Lamborn has been influential in his campaigns as she collects a salary for her role as strategist and manager, and it extends to his congressional office, where she helps steer her husband’s politics.

What they're saying: Lamborn in a rebuttal to the committee wrote that his wife's involvement is a reflection of her "commitment to her husband's success" and not a violation of ethics rules.

  • He also called the allegation regarding his son's job application "highly exaggerated and false," claiming the interaction did not go beyond a 20-minute meeting and some emails with links to federal job openings.

What to watch: Lamborn could face a subpoena from the committee as part of its investigation.

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