Indiana GOP Rep. Stutzman faces ethics scrutiny

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics panel is evaluating whether to launch an official investigation into Indiana GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman.

The committee has received a submission from a separate, independent ethics panel called the Office of Congressional Ethics recommending a probe into Stutzman. The independent panel has submitted a report outlining potential infractions but it won't be made public for 45 more days.

Stutzman is leaving the House after losing a GOP primary to replace retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.

Stutzman came under criticism during the primary after The Associated Press reported that he billed his campaign more than $2,000 in airfare for a family trip to the Ronald Reagan library in California, an apparent violation of federal election laws. Stutzman routinely used campaign funds for travel expenses, meals and vehicle payments.

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