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Attorneys for Maxine Waters say House ethics committee not playing by the rules

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Lawyers for Congresswoman Maxine Waters are crying foul as a House ethics committee continues its investigation of the L.A. Democrat.

Attorneys say the House ethics committee is breaking its own rules by continuing to gather evidence after charging L.A. Democrat Maxine Waters with three counts of violating the letter and the spirit of House rules.

In a letter to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, lawyers for the congresswoman say the continued investigation is a “tacit acknowledgement” that the evidence gathered so far “is wholly insufficient to support the charges.”

The ethics committee says Waters used her political influence to get a meeting with Treasury officials for a bank in which her husband owned more than a quarter of a million dollars in stock. Waters says she set up the meeting on behalf of a trade organization representing more than a hundred minority owned banks.

The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct had no comment on the lawyers’ complaint.