In an exclusive report, Politico reveals the FBI investigated a GOP “fact-finding Congressional trip” to Israel where several lawmakers took a drunken late night dip in the Sea of Galilee. The trip, sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation, included over 60 congress members, family, and staff, and cost $10,000 per person.
According to the report, over 20 lawmakers, staff and family members participated, but Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) is under scrutiny for swimming in the nude that night.
“A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit,” Yoder said in a statement to POLITICO. “It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”
After the group returned to the US, FBI agents questioned congressional staff about what happened on the trip, specifically during the group’s visit to the Sea of Galilee. The FBI has declined to comment on the probe.
Media Resources: Politico 8/19/12; Gawker 8/20/12; Washington Post 8/19/12