Ethics Panel Hires Outside Counsel for Waters Case

Billy Martin will first examine whether the committee improperly handled its investigation of the California lawmaker.

Posted: 07/20/2011 03:14 PM EDT
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The House Ethics Committee isn’t giving up its right to continue pursuing charges against Rep. Maxine Waters without a fight. The panel has hired outside counsel to take over the case and they made an interesting choice: Billy Martin, a high profile and well-respected attorney who has represented Michael Vick and Monica Lewinsky.


Martin will “review, advise and assist the committee in completing the matter of Representative Maxine Waters,” announced Reps. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama) and Linda Sanchez (D-California), the panel’s chairman and ranking member, in a statement released on Wednesday. But first, the prominent African-American attorney will be tasked with determining whether the committee’s attorneys handled the Waters case improperly, as reported earlier in the week.


Waters and her attorney have called for the case to be dismissed and on Tuesday threatened to seek vindication in court.

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