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Michele Bachmann On Ethics Investigation: 'I'm Thoroughly Convinced That I'll Be Cleared'

04/09/2013 03:55 pm ET

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday that she believes she will be cleared of any wrongdoing as a congressional ethics probe looks into allegations of campaign finance violations during her 2012 presidential bid, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

"I'm working very closely with the people that are involved to make sure that we answer all the questions and that we get to the bottom of it," Bachmann said after a news conference at the Minnesota State Capitol. "I'm thoroughly convinced that I'll be cleared."

Bachmann's unsuccessful presidential campaign is currently the subject of an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation. As the Daily Beast reported last month, the investigation is focusing on allegations of improper use of campaign funds, including the use of money from Bachmann's political action committee to pay campaign staffers.

"There are no allegations that the Congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing," Bachmann attorney William McGinley said in a March statement. "We are constructively engaged with the OCE and are confident that at the end of their Review the OCE Board will conclude that Congresswoman Bachmann did not do anything inappropriate."

In January, former campaign aide Peter Waldron accused Bachmann of failing to pay several Iowa campaign staff members and asking the staff to sign non-disclosure agreements preventing them from discussing any unethical behavior with law enforcement, lawyers, or the media.

“I’m disappointed,” Waldron said. “Working with her, I know her to be a person of good faith. However, I also know that she is surrounded by what the Bible says is men of lesser sorts.”

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