COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina House Ethics Committee has cleared Gov. Nikki Haley of charges she illegally lobbied while a member of the House. It's the second time in two months the panel has dismissed the allegations against her.
The committee vote Friday came after two hours of discussion behind closed doors. The five Republicans and one Democrat on the panel had heard 12 hours of testimony Thursday.
Haley's attorney Butch Bowers said the verdict ends the matter and shows Haley's conduct was appropriate. While he fought the decision to reopen the case, Bowers said he's pleased by the results
Haley testified she did nothing wrong in her previous jobs as a fundraiser for Lexington Medical Center's nonprofit and a consultant for engineering firm Wilbur Smith Associates. She was among 11 witnesses.