Waters Demands Investigation Into Ethics Delay

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (AP2010)

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., called on Congress Thursday to launch an investigation into the reasons why two attorneys investigating her were placed on indefinite administrative leave last month.

Waters says that it is in the interest of all members to find out what happened. "The issue of transparency and fairness in the ethics process is one that transcends any individual," she said, "what is at stake is the integrity of this institution that we all cherish and of which we are privileged to be a part."

She introduced what is known as a privileged resolution to empanel a bipartisan task force to investigate "the circumstances and cause of the decision to place professional staff of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on indefinite administrative leave" and report those findings back to the House of Representatives.

Waters is accused of violating three different ethics rules in helping to arrange a meeting between Treasury Department officials and representatives of OneUnited Bank. Waters' husband previously served on the bank's board of directors and owns hundreds of thousands of dollars in OneUnited stock.

Waters insists that she was representing the interests of minority banks in general, and showed no favoritism to OneUnited.

She has accused the committee of denying her right to due process by delaying the trial.

The resolution will be primed for legislative action next week.