Craig Admonished by Colleagues for Minnesota Bathroom Arrest

Feb 13, 2008 7:12pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: The Senate Select Committee on Ethics has officially and publicly admonished Idaho Sen. Larry Craig tonight for his guilty plea and conviction for lewd conduct in a Minneapolis Airport Men’s room last August.

"The conduct to which you pled guilty, together with your related subsequent conduct as set forth above, constitutes improper conduct reflecting discreditably on the Senate and through this letter the Select Committee on Ethics, on behalf of and pursuant to authority granted by the United Sates Senate, publicly admonishes you for that conduct," reads the letter, singed by all the members of the committee and posted on their website.

Besides the embarrassing letter, however, the admonition carries no further penalty for Craig, who can go ahead and serve out his term. He has said he will not run for reelection in November.

Craig’s bathroom footsie is not all that he did wrong. They say it appears he tried to curry special favor when he showed the officer who arrested him his business card. Also, when Craig tried to withdraw his guilty plea, the Committee members say he tried to evade the law, conduct unbecoming a Senator, whose oath is sworn to uphold the Constitution and the law. In addition, the committee notes that he appears to have spent $213,000 on his legal and "public relations" bills even though such use is only provided if the alleged crime has to do with official duties.

This also concludes the investigation by the Ethics Committee and there will be no other publicly disclosed report.

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