Pingree Cleared by Ethics Committee 

The House ethics committee has cleared Representative Chellie Pingree’s use of her fiance’s corporate jet for personal travel.It says transportation qualifies as a gift and that House members may accept gifts from family members. The committee further states that a fiance is treated as a relative.The issue erupted after a video surfaced of Pingree walking off a jet owned by Wall Street financier S. Donald Sussman. Sussman and Pingree have been engaged since 2008.Pingree had previously criticized the use of corporate jets by members of Congress.