Sunday, July 10, 2016

Florida Corrine Brown Off Leadership House Veterans Affairs Committee

Congresswoman forced to vacate key veterans affairs post amid scandal
Military Times
Leo Shane III
July 8, 2016

Veterans groups lobbied for other candidates for the post in late 2013, but members of the Congressional Black Caucus bristled when colleagues suggested passing over the senior Democrat.
Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., was indicted after a federal investigation into a fraudulent charity. She has called the allegations "politically motivated."
(Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP)
The top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee stepped down from that post on Friday, just a day after being indicted in an alleged charity fraud scheme.

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., said in a statement late Friday that the move is temporary while she works to “vigorously defend myself in court against these politically motivated allegations.”

House rules require any committee chairman or ranking member to temporarily step aside from leadership posts if they are indicted in connection with alleged crimes. Brown and her chief of staff pleaded not guilty earlier in the day to multiple fraud charges.
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