GOP Rep In Ethics Scrap Over Auto Salvage Business

A GOP congressman’s reported intervention with Georgia officials to preserve a sweetheart business setup for his auto salvage inspection company has drawn the attention of the House ethics committee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week.

After the newspaper first revealed the actions of Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) in August, an investigator for the ethics panel said in an e-mail that the panel planned to issue a subpoena in the case, indicating the seriousness of the matter, according to documents the Journal-Constitution obtained through an open records request. The ethics panel declined to comment about any investigation.The gist of the allegations against Deal, who denies wrongdoing, centers on Recovery Services Inc., a company he owns with a partner that provides a garage where state inspectors looks at cars that have been salvaged and rebuilt.

Deal, who we last encountered demanding a copy of President Obama’s birth certificate, is now running

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