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Ethics panel says Rep. Maxine Waters was treated fairly

WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee concluded Wednesday that Representative Maxine Waters’ rights weren’t violated in an ongoing investigation, clearing the way for the panel to determine whether the California Democrat improperly tried to steer federal money to a bank where her husband is a shareholder.

Her allegations of unfair treatment led to the extraordinary decision in February by the committee’s five Republicans and its top Democrat to step away from the case. Six new members were added to handle the investigation, and an outside lawyer, Billy Martin, was hired to investigate the committee’s conduct.

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