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Lofgren To Stay On At Ethics Committee For Now, But Wants Out


The committee has been in turmoil over the past several months. It all but dropped a case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), saying it had discovered new information just days before her hearing was to begin. The same day, two lawyers at the committee, including the lead investigator on the Waters case, were suspended, and the committee's chief counsel, Blake Chisam, left last month.

There was also a spat when then-ranking member Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) put out a press release -- going outside committee rules that say statements must be made by both the ranking member and the chair -- demanding that the hearings for Waters and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) be held before the midterm elections.

A spokesman for Lofgren did not immediately return a request for comment.