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Maxine Waters expected to be cleared of ethics charges; committee focuses on chief of staff

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U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, was under investigation for alleged ethics violations.

After three years of investigation, the special investigator for the House Ethics Committee says there's no evidence Congresswoman Maxine Waters violated any House rule. The committee is expected to accept the investigator's recommendation to clear Waters. However, the Committee is not ready to let the L.A. Democrat's chief of staff off the hook.

Billy Martin, the outside counsel for the House Ethics Committee says he thinks Mikael Moore, the grandson and chief of staff to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, violated the standards and rules of the House of Representatives.  The conclusion is based on a pair of emails that he says show Moore tried to assist OneUnited Bank.  What was unclear was whether the emails were sent after his boss, Congresswoman Waters, told him to not help a bank in which her husband owned stock.