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House Ethics Committee continues probe of Owens’s Taiwan trip

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The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has decided to extend the review of a controversial trip Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburg, took to Taiwan from Dec. 27, 2011, to Jan. 1, 2012.

The committee on Wednesday published a report by the Office of Congressional Ethics detailing the allegations against Mr. Owens and advising further investigation.

Mr. Owens is accused of taking a luxury trip to Taiwan paid for by Park Strategies, a lobbyist firm.

Mr. Owens denies any wrongdoing and said in a news release that his trip was part of an effort to bring high-tech investment to upstate New York.

According to the Office of Congressional Ethics report, Sean King, senior vice president for Park Strategies, refused to cooperate with the investigation, leading the OCE to suspect a potential ethics violation. Vice President of Park Strategies John Zagame and the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, the organization that Mr. Owens said sponsored the trip, have also refused to cooperate with the OCE, the report states.

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