House Ethics Committee Extends Preliminary Inquiry into Rep. Vern Buchanan

The House ethics committee today extended its preliminary probe into the conduct of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.

He is not under formal review by the ethics committee. The ethics committee says the decision to extend the inquiry "does not itself indicated that any violation has occurred."

Buchanan is accused of pressuring employees to donate to his campaign and then reimbursing them with money from a car dealership he ran.