Ethics case against Rep. Waters to resume

THe case had been dragging on due to Waters' contention that her rights were violated by the committee's procedures. Now the Ethics Committee has determined that the transgressions by committee staff were not serious and have resumed their investigation. New York Times: The decision by the ethics committee revives an ethics inquiry that became a major political headache for Ms. Waters, of California, and fellow House Democrats in 2010. Ethics investigators at the time accused her of improperly trying to facilitate federal bailout financing and do special favors for a Boston-based bank, OneUnited, at a time when her husband had stock in the company worth about $200,000. The ethics inquiry has been sidetracked for nearly a year, however, after charges by Ms. Waters and her supporters that staff lawyers for the committee had themselves violated House rules in their inquiry and shown a bias against her. Last July, the ethics committee took the unusual step of bringing in an ...(Read Full Post)