The committee in July of last year hired litigator Billy Martin to review Watersí charge that the committee had violated her rights during its investigation before deciding whether the case against her could proceed. Wednesdayís announcement marked the completion of the first phase with which Martin was tasked.
Six committee members announced in February that they had voluntarily recused themselves from the Waters matter at Martinís recommendation. Republican Reps. Mike Simpson (Idaho), Steven LaTourette (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Tim Griffin (Ark.) and Goodlatte and Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.) were appointed as substitute committee members, with Goodlatte acting as chairman and existing Ethics member Yarmuth as ranking member. It was these Members who considered and voted on Martinís findings.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.