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Culture of Corruption, Part Twenty-Eight

Yes, the House Ethics Committee is finally investigating the Carribbean trips of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D., N.Y.). But he’s not the only one:

The House ethics committee launched an investigation Thursday into whether an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean taken by Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and other lawmakers violated House ethics rules.

The Detroit Democrat denies any wrongdoing, saying she complied fully with House rules.

But the House ethics panel created a subcommittee to conduct a “full and complete inquiry” into charges by the National Legal and Policy Center that the trip to St. Maarten in the Caribbean last November by the lawmakers violated House ethics rules because corporate sponsors helped to pay for it.

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick is the mother of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who pled guilty to two felonies of obstruction of justice.

The tree does not grow far from the apple.

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