House ethics panel brings in outside counsel for Waters case - CNN.com
The House ethics committee announced Wednesday it has hired a prominent Washington attorney to review and help complete its investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California.
The panel -- comprised of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans -- voted unanimously to bring in Billy Martin, a partner in the firm of Dorsey & Whitney. Martin represented former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, NFL quarterback Michael Vick and the parents of murdered Washington intern Chandra Levy, among others.
Waters has been accused of seeking federal assistance in 2008 for OneUnited Bank, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held a financial interest. The bank ultimately received $12 million in bailout funds.
Waters, an 11-term Los Angeles congresswoman, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. She has repeatedly demanded a conclusion to the committee's roughly two-year investigation.