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OCE Report On Rep. Bill Owens

OCE Report On Rep. Bill Owens

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CONFIDENTIAL
Subject
to
the
Nondisclosure Provisions
ofH.
Res. 895
of
the
110th
Congress as Amended
OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ETHICSUNITED STATESHOUSE
OF
REPRESENTATIVES
REPORT
Review No.
12-8236
The Board
of
the Office
of
Congressional Ethics (the "Board"), by a vote
of
no less than fourmembers, on August 24, 2012, adopted the following report and ordered it to be transmitted tothe Committee
on
Ethics
of
the United States House
of
Representatives.SUBJECT: Representative Bill OwensNATURE OF THE ALLEGED VIOLATIONS: Representative Bill Owens may have acceptedpayment
of
travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan fi'om an impel1uissiblesource, resulting in an impermissible gift,
in
violation
of
federal law and House
IUles.
Representative Owens may have accepted payment
of
travel expenses for an officially connectedtrip to Taiwan, when that trip was in some
pad
planned, organized, requested,
01'
arranged byagents
of
a foreign principal, in violation
of
House
IUles.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The OCE Board
recon1111ends
that the Committee on Ethics fuliherreview the first allegation as there is substantial reason
to
believe that Representative Owensaccepted payment
of
travel expenses for an officially comlected trip to Taiwan from animpel1uissible source, resulting in an impermissible gift, in violation
of
federal law and House
IUles.
The OCE Board
recon1111ends
that the Committee on Ethics fuliher review the second allegationas there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Owens accepted payment
of
travelexpenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan, when that trip was in some part planned,organized, requested, or ananged
by
agents
of
a foreign principal,
in
violation
of
House
IUles.
VOTES IN THE AFFIRMATIVE: 6VOTES IN THE NEGATIVE: 0ABSTENTIONS: 0MEMBER OF THE BOARD OR STAFF DESIGNATED TO PRESENT THIS REPORT TOTHE COMMITTEE ON ETHICS: Omar
S.
Ashmawy, Staff Director
&
Chief Counsel.
 
CONFIDENTIAL
Subject to the Nondisclosure Provisions
ofH.
Res. 895
of
the 110
th
Congress as Amended
FINDINGS
OF FACT
AND
CITATIONS
TO
LAW
Review No. 12-8236
TABLE
OF
CONTENTS
I.
INTRODUCTION
................................................................................................................. 3
A.
Summary
of
Allegations .................................................................................................. 3B. Jurisdictional Statement ................................................................................................... 3
C.
Procedural History ........................................................................................................... 4
D.
Summary
of
Investigative Activity .................................................................................. 4II.
REPRESENTATIVE
OWENS
ACCEPTEDPAYMENT
OF
TRAVEL EXPENSES
FOR
AN
OFFICIALLY
CONNECTED
TRIP TO
TAIWAN
FROM
AN
IMPERMISSIBLESOURCE,RESULTINGIN
AN
IMPERMISSIBLE GIFT,
IN
VIOLATION
OF
FEDERAL
LAW
AND
HOUSE RULES
............................................. 5A. Laws, Regulations, Rules, and Standards
of
Conduct.. .................................................... 5
B.
Representative Owens Could
Not
Have Accepted Payment
of
Travel Expenses for HisTrip to Taiwan from Either the Government
of
Taiwan or the Chinese CultureUniversity ......................................................................................................................... 7
III.
REPRESENTATIVE
OWENS
ACCEPTEDPAYMENT
OF
TRAVEL EXPENSES
FOR
AN
OFFICIALLY
CONNECTED
TRIP
TO
TAIWAN THAT
WAS
IN
SOME
PART
PLANNED,
ORGANIZED, REQUESTED,
OR
ARRANGED BY AGENTS
OF
A
FOREIGN
PRINCIPAL
.................................................................................................
17
A. Laws, Regulations, Rules, and Standards
of
Conduct.. ..................................................
17
B. Representative Owens' Trip to Taiwan Was in Some Pati Planned, Organized,Requested, or Arranged by the Agents
of
a Foreign Principal ......................................
17
N.
THE
CHINESE CULTURE
UNIVERSITY,
FORMERSENATORALFONSEM.
D'
AMATO,
SEAN
KING,
AND
JOHN
ZAGAME REFUSED
TO COOPERATE
WITH
THEOCEREVIEW
............................................................................................... 20V.
CONCLUSION
.................................................................................................................... 22VI.
INFORMATION THE OCE
WAS UNABLE
TO
OBTAIN
AND
RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR
THE
ISSUANCE
OF
SUBPOENAS ............................ 222
 
CONFIDENTIAL
Subject to
the
Nondisclosure Provisions
ofH.
Res. 895
of
the 1 10
th
Congress as Amended
OFFICE
OF
CONGRESSIONAL
ETHICSUNITEDSTATES
HOUSE
OF
REPRESENTATIVES
FINDINGS
OFFACT
AND
CITATIONSTOLAW
Review No. 12-8236
On
August 24, 2012,
the
Board
of
the Office
of
Congressional Ethics (the "Board") adopted
the
following findings
of
fact and accompanying citations to law, regulations, rules and standards
of
conduct
(in
italics).
The
Board notes that these findings do not constitute a detennination
of
whether or not aviolation actually occurred.
I.
INTRODUCTION
A.
Summary of
Allegations
I.
Representative Bill Owens
may
have accepted payment
of
travel expenses for anofficially connected trip to Taiwan from an impermissible source, resulting in
an
impennissible gift,
in
violation
of
federal law and House rules.
2.
Representative Owens
may
have accepted payment
of
travel expenses for an officiallyconnected trip to Taiwan, when that trip was
in
some part planned, organized, requested,or aJTanged
by
agents
of
a foreign principal, in violation
of
House rules.3. The
OCE
Board reconnnends that the Committee
on
Ethics further review the aboveallegations as there is substantial reason to believe that violations
of
federal law
01'
Houserules occuned.
B.
Jurisdictional Statement
4.
The allegations that were the subject
of
this review concem Representative Bill Owens, aMember
of
the United States House
of
Representatives from the 23rd District
of
NewYork.
The
Resolution the United States House
of
Representatives adopted creating theOffice
of
Congressional Ethics directs that, "[n]o review shall
be
wldertaken
..
by theboard
of
any alleged violation that
OCCUlTed
before the date
of
adoption
of
thisresolution."\ The House adopted tlus Resolution on March
II,
2008. Because theconduct under review
occuned
after March
II,
2008, review
by
the Board is
in
accordance with the Resolution.
1
H. Res 895,
1l0th
Congo
§J(e) (2008) (as amended).
3

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