Asked About Guinta, Boehner Cites Need For Highest Standards

May 20, 2015


Frank Guinta
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House Speaker John Boehner has given an indirect answer to whether embattled New Hampshire Republican congressman Frank Guinta should remain in Congress.

Boehner says lawmakers must meet the highest ethical standards. The Ohio Republican says he hasn’t reviewed all the details of Guinta’s case yet but plans to do that soon.

The Federal Election Commission says Guinta illegally accepted campaign contributions from his parents and has been fined $15,000.

The case involves $355,000 that Guinta reported lending himself in 2010. He denied that money came from his parents, but the commission said it did.

Prominent New Hampshire Republicans have begun calling on Guinta to resign from Congress.

The state’s GOP executive committee has declined to ask him to step down. Guinta has said he will remain in office.