GOP Congressman swims nude in Sea of Galilee, FBI investigates

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U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas apologized to his constituents Sunday night after a published report revealed the freshman lawmaker swam nude in the Sea of Galilee during a private fact-finding trip to the Mideast last August.

Politico reported the incident in a story on its website Sunday. The website said the FBI investigated the trip, which included other lawmakers and their spouses, as well as staff members.

“I feel incredibly remorseful that I have caused embarrassment to my constituents and I have caused folks who believe in me to be disappointed,” Yoder told The Star Sunday night.

“The gravity of the situation and the actions I’ve taken are not lost on me, and I feel certainly regret at what has occurred, and I just want to apologize to my constituents for a momentary lapse in judgment.”

It was not immediately clear what the FBI might have examined in relation to the trip. Yoder and his chief of staff, Travis Smith, said neither the Republican congressman nor any members of his staff had talked to the FBI.

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  • I don’t understand the big deal here… lots of folks swim nude over there!

    • Joe1938

      Chef Beth,

      What the heck is there to understand. A lot of people go “skinny dipping”. Wish I had a dollar for every time my friends and I went skinny dipping. The comment “Last one in is a rotten egg” left kids clothes strung out for a hundred yards on the way to the swimming hole.

      The big deal is that the socialist/communist/marxist/islamofascist want to throw a red herring into the swimming hole to detract attention from the sorry condition of the Republic’s economy, which they caused.


      • Kent2012

        yes and it was a GOP politician, that is enough for a riot…

  • Chef Beth…the “big deal” is that the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus walked on the water…it is a Holy site to Christians…THAT is what we find offensive!

    • thejerkstore

      Put a sock in it. People fish the sea of Galilee, pump waste water in the sea of Galilee, obtain drinking water, ship commerce should all those things stop as well? Jesus never made it out to be sacred, who are you?
      You probably live to be offended, get over yourself.

    • Whitehouse landlord

      Stephanie, you are overreacting. Who else is swimming there nude? Has it been set aside as a Global Historic Site? Don’t think so. Did Jesus ask us to stay out after he walked on its surface? Grow up. How many people have been on its surface, under its surface, drowned, fished, dumped their trash in it since God’s Son walked the surface?

  • I agree with you jerkstore. Why this is even reported is ridiculous. The tight pruds , such as Ms Magnus, need to go have a good time now and then.

  • reggiec

    So out of the 20 or so he is supposedly the only one who took off all his clothes, jumped in the water for 10 seconds and then got out and put his clothes back on , in the dark, with no one else nearby. Sounds to me like he was using some common sense. No one saw and out of the 20 he apparently was the only one in dry clothes afterward.

    • CSN

      So, they had no showers at the Hotel where he was staying?

      • reggiec

        Do you shower with your clothes on?

        • CSN

          Is the Sea of Galilee a private shower?

  • CSN

    This is a grown man, not a child, and when I was a child we didn’t skinny dip, but rather put on our suits and swam. If this guy wants to pose as a pinup let him join Playgirl, but keep on the trunks when swimming under official business.

  • Sandra Parrott

    I get that some are offended, but why on earth is this cause for investigation? If they really want to investigate some actual criminal activities, just look in the White House!

  • dbassd

    Who gives a flying fart?
    when I swim nude there are not reporters to fink me out. . . .

  • White house landlord

    So the FBI has nothing else to do?