Rep. Maxine Waters (R-CA) introduced legislation on the floor of the House last night that would require the Speaker to “appoint a bipartisan task force to investigate the circumstances and cause of the decision to place professional staff of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on indefinite administrative leave.”
Waters, who is under investigation for alleged ethics violations, wants to know why the ethics committee suspended two lawyers — Morgan Kim and Stacy Sovereign — who were working on her case.
Yesterday, a lawyer representing the two women told the Associated Press that his clients still have not received an explanation for why they were forced to leave.
“They would welcome any inquiry into their activities or the activities of the staff,” Richard Sauber said. “They are confident that any inquiry would find that they’ve been pursuing the investigations to which they were assigned…with vigor and professionalism.”
While the women are bound by committee confidentiality rules, he said they “have nothing to hide.”
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The legislation she introduced is embedded below.