House Ethics panel investigating New York GOP congressman

FILE - In this July 19, 2016 file photo, Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY. speaks in Cleveland. The House Ethics Committee says it is investigating Collins. In January, the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a request for an investigation of possible insider trading. The House panel said Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, it needs more time to review a report submitted last month by the Independent Office of Congressional Ethics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it is investigating Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York.

In January, the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a request for an investigation of possible insider trading. The House panel said Monday it needs more time to review a report submitted last month by the Independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

The advocacy group said Collins sits on the board of Innate Immuno, a company that is experimenting with a drug to treat multiple sclerosis. The group said Collins purchased millions of shares of the company while also sponsoring legislation that could benefit the company.

Sarah Minkel, a spokeswoman for Collins, says the congressman has followed all ethical and legal guidelines in his personal investments and he looks forward to the review.

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