Two Congressional Dems Cleared of Ethics Charges

One, though, faces a new investigation


The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.) and Tim Ryan (Ohio) of charges that they violated the chamber's ethics rules.

Ryan was arrested in Virginia earlier this year for public intoxication, but a local court dismissed the charges this month. Ryan has maintained his innocence.

"After completing its own review of the allegations, the committee believes that the handling of this matter by local authorities is sufficient given the facts of the matter," the Ethics panel said on Thursday.