One of the panel's members, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) called on Republicans and Democrats to appoint new members to the panel in order to restore its integrity. Butterfield said he no longer wishes to serve on the committee.
"We need a complete reconstitution of the committee from top to bottom in order to restore confidence in the committee," Butterfield told the Hill.
Chisam reportedly suspended two staff lawyers who sources said may have investigated Waters after the committee already decided to move forward. A lawyer for the two lawyers has declined comment, and Chisam has imposed radio silence from ethics committee staffers.
Meanwhile, the committee decided to extend the probe of three members -- Reps. John Campbell (R-CA), Tom Price (R-GA) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) -- into the next session of Congress. The ethics committee is looking at whether their fundraising was connected to their votes on the financial regulation law.