WASHINGTON — Rep. Maxine Waters rallied 68 of her Democratic colleagues to call on the House Ethics Committee on Thursday to release the report that concluded her rights weren’t violated in the investigation of her.
A letter signed by her fellow Democrats calls on the panel to release the report by Billy Martin, a Washington lawyer hired to investigate allegations of misconduct against the committee staff in its investigation of Waters, from Los Angeles.
"Without the public, the Congress and Rep. Waters being able to review the findings included in the report, the integrity of the committee’s process will be further called into question,’’ the letter says.
Waters has been accused of intervening improperly on behalf of OneUnited Bank, on whose board her husband served from January 2004 to April 2008 and in which he owned stock. The California political fixture, elected to the state Assembly in 1976 and to Congress in 1990, has denied wrongdoing, saying her actions were in keeping with her work to aid minority-owned businesses and that she received no financial benefit from her actions.
Committee members are awaiting Martin’s recommendation on how to proceed in the Waters case. They could launch a new investigation, drop the matter or pursue the charges against her. She previously vowed to fight the charges in a rare ethics trial before her colleagues.