Lawyer for Congressman San Nicolas makes statement on ethics investigation

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Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas (PNC file photo)

Attorney Stanley Brand, of the law firm Brand Woodward, gave a statement to PNC News regarding the investigation into the conduct of Congressman San Nicolas.

Brand simply said, that “We hope it all gets resolved soon.”

He went on to say that, “The committee now needs to make its determination. We’ve been cooperating on our end and supplying any information they’ve requested.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics referred the case to the House Ethics Committee a little more than a year ago.

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A report says that San Nicolas may have committed three violations of House rules, standards of conduct and federal law.

According to the report, San Nicolas may have committed the following:

San Nicolas may have omitted required information — or disclosed false information — in his candidate committee reports for the Federal Election Commission.

He may have accepted cash contributions that were in excess of FEC limits for individual donors, as well as limits on cash contributions. 

And finally — based on campaign reports — San Nicolas may have converted campaign funds to personal use. 

 The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics adopted the report by unanimous vote and ordered it to be transmitted to the House Committee on Ethics.

In a news release, House Ethics Committee Chairman Rep. Theodore E. Deutch (D-Florida)  said, “The Committee notes that the mere fact of an investigation into these allegations does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred. No other public comment will be made on this matter except in accordance with Committee rules.”

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