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DesJarlais, Fleischmann: Went on the Trip, But Didn’t Skinny Dip

U.S. Reps. Scott DesJarlais and Chuck Fleischmann said today they did not participate in or witness a late-night swim in Israel last year in which one lawmaker disrobed and jumped into the Sea of Galilee and others shed some of their clothing to go frolicking in the water.
Ditto with Rep. Stephen Fincher: “It was unfortunate that the behavior of some folks was not acceptable,” Fincher said Monday. “While this was going on, I was doing one of my favorite things — having dinner with my wife. More HERE.
Further on the DesJarlais/Fleischmann fromt from Michael Collins.
Both East Tennessee lawmakers were on the fact-finding trip to Israel with other freshman members of Congress and their families. But they said they did not participate in the questionable swim, which, according to a published report, may have been fueled by alcohol consumption and led to an FBI inquiry.
“While the congressman was on the trip to Israel reinforcing our nation’s relationship with this important ally, he was not involved in the incident in question,” said DesJarlais’ spokesman, Robert Jameson.
Asked if the Jasper Republican had witnessed the activity, Jameson said, “The congressman did not see the incident.”

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Fleischmann One of 81 Congressmen Headed to Israel

News release from Rep. Chuck Fleischmann:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chuck Fleischmann will be traveling to the State of Israel with fellow congressmen from August 13 to August 20.
“I am excited to be traveling to Israel to get a first-hand education on the challenges facing our strongest ally in the region. It will be a chance to learn more about the Middle East, the ongoing peace process and the Judeo-Christian history that means so much to many people across the world. This will be a productive time of education and relationship building as our country continues to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel. We have no greater friend in the Middle East than Israel, and it is important we have a strong relationship now and in the future,” Fleischmann said.
The trip will include meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, defense experts, economic experts and religious leaders. The trip will also include visits to holy sites and strategic security sites.
The trip is sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, and paid for with private donations. AIEF has been sponsoring trips like this one for the last 20 years. They are sponsoring multiple trips this month in which 55 Republican and 26 Democratic congressmen will be participating, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).