Rep. Maxine Waters and 68 colleagues demand release of full ethics report

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Maxine Waters fights back with a letter from 68 colleagues demanding the release of a report on possible Ethics Committee misconduct.

Just one day after an internal investigation concluded the House Ethics Committee did not violate the constitutional rights of Maxine Waters, the Los Angeles Democrat has responded by demanding they release the report.

And she’s not the only one making that request.

The letter to the House Ethics Committee is signed by 68 Democratic colleagues, including fellow Californians Joe Baca, Barbara Lee, Loretta Sanchez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Lynn Woolsey, Sam Farr and Pete Stark.

Waters reportedly collected all of them herself. It calls on the Ethics Committee to immediately release the report prepared by Billy Martin, the outside counsel hired to investigate allegations of staff misconduct.

The letter from Waters and fellow members of Congress says that between a former staffer who took the Fifth against self-incrimination, members within the committee leaking information and “certain unnamed staff members” who made “inappropriate and/or racially insensitive remarks,” there are plenty of reasons to question the investigation’s conclusions that Waters’ due process rights were not violated.

There has been no response from the Ethics Committee to the Waters letter.

The House Ethics Committee continues to investigate whether Waters used her political clout to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

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