Maxine Waters still wants investigation of Ethics Committee, but pulls resolution

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File photo: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) holds a news conference on Aug. 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C., to challenge the charges made against her by the House of Representatives ethics committee.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters has pulled her resolution asking for an investigation of the House Ethics Committee. The L.A. Democrat still wants to know why the committee placed a pair of lawyers investigating her on administrative leave.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is accused of influencing bank bailout legislation to help a bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters says she has a long history of fighting for minority-owned institutions and did nothing wrong.

Two lawyers who worked for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct have been suspended and Waters filed a House resolution demanding a bipartisan investigation of the Ethics Committee. But Waters says she’s running out of time. "If a resolution like the one I noticed passed, its authority, like the authority of the investigation against me, would expire at the end of this Congress."

The House could adjourn as early as next week. That means the bipartisan task force Waters wants wouldn’t have enough time to finish its work. Waters still wants answers; she could refile her resolution in the new Congress to ensure that the issue won’t go away.

Waters says although the Ethics Committee is built on secrecy and confidentiality, "it should have the ability to be flexible and provide transparency in extraordinary circumstances. This is one such extraordinary circumstance when the House as a whole and the public need the Committee to reveal information so we can have confidence in the process."

She says those who know her know she’s “aggressive by nature and philosophy.” She says she believes it’s important to be “relentless about our constant search for truth and justice.”

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