Maxine Waters backs off call for probe

December 12, 2010

By Chuck Neubauer-The Washington Times

Rep. Maxine Waters on Thursday said she will not pursue a task force investigation into the disciplining of two House ethics committee attorneys probing allegations she improperly sought federal assistance for a bank in which her husband owned stock.

Initially brought as a “privilege resolution” to the House floor on Tuesday by the California Democrat, Mrs. Waters asked instead that the committee publicly address the many concerns being raised about the disciplining of two attorneys.

“Since then, I have had a chance to speak with dozens of members regarding concerns about the ethics process and the impact it has on this institution,” she said in a floor speech. “Regardless of region or political ideology, they all agreed we must take every opportunity we can to improve the ethics process and, by extension, increase the faith of the American people in our ability to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.

“We now have one such opportunity,” she said.

Mrs. Waters said that based on the advice of colleagues “whom I trust and admire,” she decided not to push for a vote on her resolution but request that the ethics committee “set the record straight, on its own accord, in a bipartisan manner.”

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