House Ethics Committee still investigating Rep. Maxine Waters; have her due process rights been violated?

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters
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The House Ethics Committee offered Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders an update on its investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters. The committee wants to know whether the L.A. Democrat's due process rights have been violated.

The update came in the annual committee report to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Buried among the hirings and accomplishments of 2011 was a paragraph describing the work of the outside investigator brought in to look into the Waters matter.

The L.A. Democrat is accused of using her political influence to help a bank in which her husband owned stock. The report says the investigator Billy Martin and his team performed “a substantial amount of work to move this matter forward,” reviewing tens of thousands of pages of documents and interviewing “numerous” witnesses.

But the key sentence says investigators are conducting "extensive" legal research about Waters' due process rights. The congresswoman's ethics hearing was supposed to begin more than a year ago, but a personnel shakeup in the committee and new evidence put the case on hold.

There's no indication when the investigation will conclude. The report says the committee has been assured of "prompt and thorough recommendations” on the “many questions involved in this matter.”