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Florida Republican Jeff Miller left Congress in January 2017, and by that summer he was a registered agent of the Qatari government. Now an ethics watchdog group wants law-enforcement officials to look into whether Miller’s new job violated federal law.
The Campaign Legal Center sent a letter to the Justice Department on Thursday asking for an investigation into Miller’s compliance with a law that bars former members of Congress from representing foreign governments for a year after they retire. Miller insists he took pains to stay on the right side of that law, but CLC says his explanation doesn’t square with foreign-agent filings on file with DOJ.