Lawyers in Waters ethics investigation suspended

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Maxine Waters at a press conference on ethics charges, August 13, 2010

The ethics case against Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters appears to be falling apart. The two lawyers working on the charges have been placed on administrative leave.

The lead attorney on the ethics case against Maxine Waters is named Cindy Morgan Kim. Lawyer Stacy Sovereign was her assistant. Both work for the U.S. House ethics committee, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

It suspended them with pay just over a week before Congresswoman Maxine Waters was to face a subcommittee on three charges of ethics violations. The website Politico’s sources say the lawyers were involved in “serious problems” that arose from the investigation – so serious that their boss tried to fire them.

Waters, a 10-term Democrat, is accused of using her political clout during the financial meltdown to help OneUnited – a bank in which her husband owned stock. The subcommittee has indefinitely postponed Waters’ hearing.

The South Los Angeles representative vigorously denies any wrongdoing and wants the matter settled before Congress adjourns for the year.

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