The FBI has investigated an incident that saw at least one Republican congressman swim naked at a drinking party in Israel last year attended by top leadership staff, Politico reported.
The news website said Representative Kevin Yoder of Kansas stripped and jumped into the Sea of Galilee during the privately-funded trip, joining colleagues and their family members who were partially or fully clothed.
“Regrettably, I jumped into the water without a swimsuit,” Yoder told Politico.
“It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”
Over 20 people participated in the late-night dip on August 18, 2011, according to the news website.
Some of the lawmakers who jumped in said they did so because of the religious significance of the waters, where Jesus is said to have walked on water and performed other miracles.
Freshmen lawmakers Steve Southerland of Florida, Tom Reed, Ben Quayle, Jeff Denham and Michael Grimm also participated, Politico said, citing Republican sources. Southerland’s daughter and Reed’s wife were also said to have joined the party in the water.