Bachmann says ethics complaint was campaign strategy, will yield nothing


Congresswoman Michele Bachmann commented Tuesday on a House Ethics Committee investigation into her 2012 presidential campaign, saying she's confident nothing will come out of it.

The sixth district Republican was at the Minnesota Capitol to meet with Gov. Mark Dayton on an unrelated issue. Afterward, she took questions from reporters and suggested the ethics complaint stems from political opponents hoping to defeat her in the 2014 House race.

Bachmann announced this spring she will not seek re-election. The Star Tribune reports Bachmann said of the ethics complaint Tuesday "That was the basis of a 2014 campaign in my opinion and I don't think anything is going to come from it. I think that ultimately everything is going to be great."

The Ethics Committee confirmed last week that it has taken up the investigation after a referral from an independent panel, the Office of Congressional Ethics. Specifics about what is under investigation have not been revealed. But as MPR notes most of the complaints involving Bachmann's presidential campaign have come from fellow Republicans who worked with her, including a staff member and a former campaign manager.

The ethics investigation is not likely to go away soon. Bachmann said the process can take "years and years," the Star Tribune says.

Next Up

police lights

Man surrenders after 12-hour standoff at Eagan home

There was a SWAT response early Sunday morning.

Greg Joseph

Vikings radio call thought kick in Arizona was good

From jubilation to devastation in a moment.


St. Paul police report 7 suspected overdoses in 24 hours

The department reported that two of the suspected overdoses were fatal.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings miss game-winning field goal, fall to 0-2

Greg Joseph's chip shot attempt as time expired spoiled a late comeback.

Jose Berrios

Berríos leads Blue Jays in first start against Twins

Berríos got the win on Sunday but could the Twins win the deal down the road?


Crash in southern Minnesota kills motorcyclist

The crash happened Saturday at Highway 42 and County Road 14 in Highland Township.

Oli Udoh

Vikings-Cardinals: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings need a win in the desert but will they get one on Sunday?

Kyler Murray

How can the Vikings stop Kyler Murray?

The Cardinals quarterback accounted for five touchdowns against the Titans.

Red's Pizza in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

'Landmark' Wisconsin pizza joint to close amid worker shortage

The restaurant has been a local favorite since 1957.