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At long last, Maxine Waters gets her ethics hearing

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-LA) on Friday will hear the result of an investigation against her by the House Ethics Committee.

Friday is the last workday for Congress before members return to their districts for the election homestretch. That's the day the House Ethics Committee picked to finally hold a hearing on charges against Congresswoman Maxine Waters — nearly two years after the committee's first attempt to take up the case.

The 11-term Democrat from South L.A. is accused of using her political influence to help a bank in which her husband owned stock. But the investigation has been delayed by allegations of impropriety and political gamesmanship that led to the departure of two staffers, committee members recusing themselves from the investigation, and the hiring of an outside investigator.

On Thursday, the House Ethics Committee announced the long-awaited hearing on the matter, a scant six weeks before the election.