House Ethics Committee Places Lawyers on Leave Over Waters Investigation

Heads are rolling.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

The Hill is reporting that the House ethics committee has placed two of its attorneys on administrative leave following missteps in the case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Cindy Morgan Kim, the deputy chief counsel and lead attorney on the Waters case, and Stacy Sovereign, who supplemented Kim on the case, were placed on administrative leave the same day Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who chairs the panel, and Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), its ranking member, announced an indefinite delay of Waters' public trial, which was set to begin Nov. 29.

This is definitely a setback for the ethics committee, which has been found to engage in unethical practices when investigating congresspeople, as in the case of Ted Stevens. How's that for irony? This latest move means that Waters can request a dismissal or a reduced penalty if the case goes forward. Waters said she wanted her name cleared. It looks as if it's happening. Stay tuned.


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