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House Ethics declines to investigate Rep. Jamaal Bowman over fire alarm incident

The House Ethics committee announced Wednesday that it would not launch an investigation into Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) after he triggered a fire alarm during a chaotic vote on a stopgap government funding bill.

Bowman had been charged with a misdemeanor by the D.C. Attorney General last month over the fire alarm incident, kicking off the Ethics panel’s process for investigating a lawmaker. But the ethics committtee, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, voted not to establish an investigative subpanel or deliver a report to the full House. Bowman pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge related to triggering the false fire alarm and agreed to pay the maximum fine.

“A majority of the Members of the Committee did not agree to establish an [Investigative Subcommittee] or report to the House regarding Representative Bowman’s conduct,” said Ethics Chair Michael Guest (R-Miss.) and ranking member Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.).

Bowman’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has said that he did not intend to obstruct or delay congressional proceedings when he triggered the alarm, as many of his Republican critics have charged.

The House Ethics committee announced Wednesday that it would not launch an investigation into Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) after he triggered a fire alarm during a chaotic vote on a stopgap government funding bill.
Bowman had been charged with a misdemeanor by the D.C. Attorney General last month over the fire alarm incident, kicking off the Ethics panel’s process for investigating a lawmaker. But the ethics committtee, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, voted not to establish an investigative subpanel or deliver a report to the full House. Bowman pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge related to triggering the false fire alarm and agreed to pay the maximum fine.
“A majority of the Members of the Committee did not agree to establish an [Investigative Subcommittee] or report to the House regarding Representative Bowman’s conduct,” said Ethics Chair Michael Guest (R-Miss.) and ranking member Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.).
Bowman’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has said that he did not intend to obstruct or delay congressional proceedings when he triggered the alarm, as many of his Republican critics have charged.  

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