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Panel drops ethics probe of Rep. Waters

Sept. 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The House Ethics Committee has ended its investigation of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., announcing Friday there is inadequate evidence of a violation.

The announcement was made at an unusual public hearing, USA Today reported. After hearing testimony from Waters' grandson, Mikael Moore, the committee said the evidence is insufficient "to prove violation by a clear standard which is necessary for formal sanctions."

The committee announced in 2010 it was investigating charges that Waters used her position to get a federal loan for a community bank in which her husband held stock.

A public hearing scheduled that November was canceled because of problems with the way committee staff handled evidence against Waters.

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