Congressman Mel Watt (12thDistrict of North Carolina) issued the following statement after being advised that the Office of Congressional Ethics has concluded its review of alleged ethics violations against him and recommended dismissal of the allegations:
"After practicing law for 22 years and serving in Congress for 18 years, it has been very humbling and emotionally draining to have been for the first time in my life the focus of a Review or investigation that implied or called into question my personal or professional honesty and integrity. The attached documents from the Office of Congressional Ethics confirm, as I said from the beginning of the Review, that I did nothing improper or unethical. While the decision of the Office of Congressional Ethics cannot restore my reputation, I am thankful that the review has been completed and that it concluded that I did nothing improper or unethical. I am thankful that, with this disposition by the Office of Congressional Ethics, I can again turn my full attention to serving the residents of the 12thDistrict of North Carolina."