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Rep. Maxine Waters is pictured. | AP Photo

The decision is a major blow to Waters. | AP Photo


The House Ethics Committee will move forward with its case against Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), continuing its probe after an outside counsel investigated the secretive panel’s handling of the matter.
The decision is a major blow to Waters, who is in line to be the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee in the next Congress. If she is found to have violated House rules, Waters will find it nearly impossible to get that post.

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Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), who are overseeing the Waters’ case after other members recused themselves, issued a lengthy statement on Wednesday acknowledging internal problems in the handling of the allegations against the California Democrat – including the leaking of internal committee documents to POLITICO – but said it wasn’t enough to prevent the Ethics Committee from completing its work.
“Outside counsel has concluded, and this committee has unanimously found, that none of the individual allegations raised, nor the totality of the circumstances of those claims, amount to a deprivation of your due process rights,” Goodlatte and Yarmuth wrote. “As such, there has been no violation of the due process rights to which you are entitled. Even when the allegations are considered in their totality, there is still no violation of the process which you are due, and the committee is entitled to continue its consideration of your matter.”
Waters is alleged to have improperly intervened on behalf of a minority owned bank where her husband owned $350,000 in stock during the 2008 U.S. financial crisis. Waters has denied the allegations, but the Ethics Committee was prepared to move forward with a “trial” for the California Democrat in Nov. 2010 before the proceedings were postponed.
Behind the scenes, then Ethics Committee chairman Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) tried to fire two panel staffers involved in the Waters’ case. The incident led to a dramatic standoff between Republicans and Democrats on the bipartisan panel. Billy Martin, the outside counsel, was appointed last year to conduct an unprecedented review following a POLITICO report on problems inside the panel.
Waters challenged the fairness and impartiality of the Ethics Committee probe, focusing on claims that the two staffers improperly communicated with Republicans on the panel.

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