Tipton not part of probe into Israel trip by members of congress

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., was among the members of Congress who took an August 2011 trip to Israel that came under investigation by the FBI.

No formal allegations came out of the trip, according to the Politico website.

Tipton “was on the trip” but was unaware of the activities at the Sea of Galilee that drew attention, Tipton’s Washington, D.C., office said.

The Politico website said Kansas Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder took off his clothes and jumped into the Sea of Galilee and that more than 20 people took part in the incident.

Tipton wasn’t mentioned in the Politico story. The congressman’s office said he was not questioned by the FBI.

The campaign of Tipton’s Democratic opponent, state Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, assailed Tipton over the incident, however.

“It boggles my mind why Tipton and these members of Congress thought it suitable to act in this manner, especially while acting as representatives in a foreign country,” Pace campaign manager Chad Obermiller said. “This is a disservice to their colleagues, their constituents and to our country’s reputation. Congressman Tipton, at the very least, should explain himself and his actions.”


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