Indiana Rep. Stutzman facing possible ethics scrutiny

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The House Ethics panel is evaluating whether to launch an official investigation into Indiana 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 Sen. Dan Coats. The Republican is from Indiana's 3rd District, which takes in the northeastern part of the state, including Fort Wayne.

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, the report said.

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