Ethics Committee: Two House Members Under Investigation, One Cleared

October 29, 2009 2:16 pm

The House Ethics Committee announced today it is launching full investigations into the actions of two House members, and clearing a third of any wrongdoing.

One of those being investigated is Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). Waters allegedly set up a meeting between the Treasury Department and a bank which her husband held stock in and whose board he had served on. The bank later received bailout funds.The committee is also investigating Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA) for allegedly failing to disclose real estate and other assets and for accepting an improper gift and special treatment relating to the foreclosure of her home.

The third, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), was cleared. The committee found Graves didn’t violate any rules by inviting someone to testify to a small business committee, a man who held investments in the same renewable fuel cooperatives as his wife.

Graves lashed out at the Office of Congressional Ethics for even investigating the anonymous complaint in the first place.

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