Bachmann confident ethics probe will end well
- Blog Post by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
- July 30, 2013 - 12:45 PM
Just days after the U.S. House ethics committee confirmed it was investigating U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and extended its look into her activities, Bachmann said she was confident it would all end well for her.
" I have complete confidence. That was the basis of a 2014 campaign in my opinion and I don't think anything is going to come from it," Bachmann said. "I think that ultimately everything is going to be great."
Bachmann and other officials came to the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday to meet with Gov. Mark Dayton about proposals to expand the Interstate-94 highway in Minnesota. Bachmann and the other local officials believe the corridor needs more state and federal attention. Dayton said after the meeting that he is sympathetic to the needs but the project is pitched against other projects that other local officials believe are equally as important.
The representative, who ran for president last year, announced a few months ago that she would not run for re-election. Despite her announcement, the investigation continues and the ethics committee announced last week that it would take at least another month and a half to consider allegations against her.
"In my opinion, that was probably meant to be the basis of a campaign but as you had said I am not running again. I think this is just a continuation. These processes go on for year and years and years," she said.
She said the series of examinations of her presidential campaign activities -- which include an FBI inquiry, an ethics investigation in Washington, DC and Iowa-based questions -- did not prompt her to retire from congress, Bachmann said again on Tuesday.
"Not at all. Absolutely not. Because I know that there is nothing to it and ultimately this will go away," Bachmann said.
Asked if she felt relieved that one lawsuit, over the alleged theft of a home schoolers mailing list, was settled, Bachmann said: "That's been resolved."
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