House aides say a Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession has apologized to his Republican colleagues.

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House aides say a Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession has apologized to his Republican colleagues.

The aides say Rep. Trey Radel was emotional as he spoke briefly during a closed-door meeting of House Republicans. They said Radel thanked lawmakers who reached out to him, said he was in a good place and had found a good support group.

One aide said the lawmakers responded with moderate applause.

The 37-year-old Radel is a tea party-backed freshman who pleaded guilty in November to cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year on probation. The House Ethics Committee has said it will investigate his actions.

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Radel has said he will not resign.

The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the private meeting by name.

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