US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been the subject of an ethics investigation for months. Now she wants to investigate the ethics committee over the suspension of a pair of lawyers assigned to her case.
Waters read a resolution on the US House floor Tuesday night requesting an investigation of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. The resolution asks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to appoint a bipartisan task force that might find out why two staff lawyers on the committee were placed on indefinite administrative leave.
"These actions have subjected the committee to public ridicule," she said, "and weakened the ability of the committee to properly conduct its investigative duties, all of which has brought discredit to the House."
Waters is accused of misusing her position on the House Financial Services Committee to influence the bank bailout legislation and help a minority-owned bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters repeatedly insists that she did nothing wrong.
House leaders have until Thursday to decide whether to schedule a vote on the resolution.