(WASHINGTON) — Florida Republican Rep. Trey Radel is resigning just months after being charged with cocaine possession.
Radel’s chief of staff and senior GOP leadership sources confirm to ABC News that the freshman congressman will resign Monday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.
Late last year, Radel was the target of an undercover sting operation when he was busted for possession of cocaine. He pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. Superior Court and was placed on one year’s probation with “minimal supervision.”
Following his arrest, Radel, 37, completed a stint in rehab. Upon returning to the Capitol earlier this month, he apologized to the public.
“I cannot express how sorry I am. I ask for your forgiveness. I’ve let down our entire country. I have let down my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and I’ve let down my family,” Radel said on Jan. 7.
“Re-election is the absolute last thing on my mind. The most important thing right now is my health, my family and getting back to finding solutions and getting something done,” he added.
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