Dems call on House panel to release Waters report in ethics case

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and 68 of her Democratic colleagues are pushing the House Ethics Committee to release a recently completed report that absolved the secretive panel of any wrongdoing in its case against the veteran lawmaker.

In a letter sent Thursday to Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.), the panel’s acting chairman on the Waters case, and Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthMcConnell accepts Democratic rep's challenge to 5 debates House Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts MORE (D-Ky.), the committee’s ranking member, the bevy of nearly 70 lawmakers called on the committee to make public the report that special counsel Bill Martin recently completed.

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Goodlatte and Yarmuth outlined the report’s findings in a general letter to Waters on Wednesday, finding that while someone on the committee had leaked information about her case to the press and racially insensitive remarks had been leveled at Waters, there were no grounds to dismiss the charges brought against her.

Waters has maintained her innocence for nearly three years, as the committee has investigated whether she violated House rules after allegations surfaced that she secured funding for a bank in which her husband owned stock.

Now, after nearly a year of investigation by Martin of allegations of misconduct on behalf of the committee, the panel has decided it may proceed with its investigation and potential prosecution of Waters.

But the group of Democrats wants to see Martin’s report before anything further happens in the case.

"The committee must immediately release Mr. Martin’s report, which forms the basis of their determination to dismiss Representative Waters’ due process concerns,” wrote the 69 Democrats.

“Without the public, the Congress, and Representative Waters being able to review the findings included in this report, the integrity of the Committee’s process will further be called into question.”
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Among the Democrats who signed the request with Waters were Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Also signed on to the letter were Reps. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeJackson Lee: 'Racism is a national security threat' Most oppose cash reparations for slavery: poll Poll: Most Americans oppose reparations MORE (Texas), Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHarris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge The Hill's Morning Report — DOJ's planned executions stir new debate Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (Ohio), Hank Johnson (Ga.), Sanford Bishop Jr.Sanford Dixon BishopCBC dislikes Jarrett's message Administration courts CBC on Syria With eye on ending Hill gridlock, 81 lawmakers rally to back bipartisan bills MORE (Ga.), Alcee Hastings (Fla.), Lacy Clay (Mo.), Dale Kildee (Mich.), Yvette Clark (N.Y.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Danny Davis (Ill.), Norm Dicks (Wash.), John Conyers (Mich.), Hansen Clarke (Mich.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Sam FarrSamuel (Sam) Sharon FarrMedical marijuana supporters hopeful about government funding bill Marijuana advocates to give away free joints on Capitol Hill DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (Calif.), John Lewis (Ga.), Pete Stark (Calif.), and Ed PastorEdward (Ed) Lopez PastorNorth Carolina's special House election heads to nail-biter finish Ebola crisis anniversary sparks concerns of long-term threat Houston pastor will offer sanctuary to immigrants willing to be US citizens MORE (Ariz.).

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) was the first to call for the committee to release the report on Wednesday.