The House Ethics Committee ruled today that its two-year-old investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters can continue and her rights have not been violated by the committee’s inability to move quickly in the matter.

In August 2010, the committee publicly unveiled three charges against Waters, alleging that she and her chief of staff, who is also her grandson, took steps to get federal assistance for a bank in which Waters’ husband held stock and had served on the board of directors. Waters has argued that she did nothing wrong — she was simply advocating for minority-owned banks.

The case has been mired in controversy. The committee scheduled a public hearing on the matter — essentially an ethics “trial” — for Novemebr 2010, but abruptly canceled it, apparently because staff had mishandled evidence in the case. Two committee staffers were suspended.

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