Congresswoman Laura Richardson cleared by ethics committee

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Rep. Laura Richardson and Michael Copon attend the 'Children Uniting Nations' 4th Annual National Conference at The House Capitol Building on June 9, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

The House ethics committee has cleared Long Beach Democrat Laura Richardson of allegations of special treatment by her bank.

After a nine month investigation, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct voted unanimously to dismiss allegations of ethics violations aimed at Congresswoman Laura Richardson.

The Long Beach Democrat lost her Sacramento house to foreclosure, but was able to stop the foreclosure sale and hold onto the house. The ethics committee concluded Richardson did not knowingly accept a gift from her mortgage bank Washington Mutual. Neither did she violate any House standard of conduct when she got a loan modification.

In a statement, Richardson thanked her staff, who “remained focused” throughout the investigation, and her family and church community for their support. Richardson said she’s “thankful this is over and behind” her.

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