House Committee May Spend $1 Million on Lawyer for Waters Query

Thursday, 02 Aug 2012 02:10 PM

By Newsmax Wires

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The House Ethics Committee may spend more than $1 million on an outside lawyer’s investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

The secretive committee voted Thursday to continue the contract for Billy Martin, who has cost taxpayers more than $800,000 since being hired last July to investigate charges against Waters and the ethics panel itself, The Hill reports.

Martin announced in June that his investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of the Ethics Committee, after charges that the panel might have been biased against Waters. Nonetheless, the panel decided to pay Martin up to an additional $500,000 through year-end. So taxpayers could be on the hook for $1.3 million in total.

Editor's Note: Economist Unapologetically Calls Out Bernanke, Obama For Mishandling Economy. See What They Did.

“It is the intent of the committee in this matter that the final resolution and report should thoroughly address the many questions that have been raised,” acting Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Av., and acting ranking member John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said in a statement.

The committee has examined for two years whether Waters broke House rules after reports that she assisted a bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters says she’s innocent.

As the committee moved close to conducting a trial for Waters late in 2010, the panel suddenly stopped its work on the case, putting two of its lawyers on administrative leave. Shortly thereafter, the committee’s chief counsel quit.

The panel’s investigative and legal staff turned over right and left in the first six months of 2011. A new chief counsel was hired.

Then in July, the committee hired Martin to determine whether its members and staff acted properly in the Waters case.

Editor's Note: Economist Unapologetically Calls Out Bernanke, Obama For Mishandling Economy. See What They Did.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Poll: Americans Don't Want Shutdown Over Amnesty

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 13:15 PM

Americans may disagree over President Barack Obama's unilateral executive action on amnesty for illegal aliens, but they . . .

Under McConnell, Senate Will No Longer Have Fridays Off

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 12:04 PM

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell may not be able to fulfill all the promises made during the campaign, but as the incoming  . . .

Ted Cruz Impresses NYC's Jewish Donors in Whirlwind Stopover

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 11:11 AM

Sen. Ted Cruz is in New York City paying visits to some of the nation's most powerful Jewish leaders , including a priva . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved