House panel commits another $500,000 to Maxine Waters probe

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, under investigation for alleged ethics violations.
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, under investigation for alleged ethics violations. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously Thursday to spend up to $500,000 to extend the contract of a lawyer helping the committee investigate Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles).

The committee started investigating Waters nearly three years ago; she is accused of using her political clout to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

According to the committee's statement Thursday:

The Committee on Ethics in the Matter of Representative Maxine Waters has voted unanimously to extend the contract of William R. Martin as outside counsel to the Committee in this matter.

CNN reports that the committee has already spent roughly $800,000 on the investigation.

The committee scheduled a formal hearing for two summers ago, but the case fell apart after two staffers were put on administrative leave and six committee members recused themselves from the case.

The committee then hired Martin as an outside investigator, first to investigate the committee itself, and then to tackle the Waters investigation.

The Committee says it’s “fully committed to resolve the matter” as early as possible before Congress adjourns at the end of the year.

Waters is running for her 12th term in the November election. Her office had no comment.

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