After three years, a canceled public hearing and the hiring of an outside counsel to review alleged committee wrongdoing, Waters was cleared in September of any impropriety for setting up a meeting between Treasury Department officials and the National Bankers Association.
Though the subcommittee “unanimously concluded that the information it obtained indicated that Representative Berkley violated House Rules, regulations, laws or other standards of conduct,” it could not reach a consensus as to whether the Nevada lawmaker should receive a formal letter of reproval.
“In its Report, the ISC [investigative subcommittee] noted that Representative Berkley was entirely cooperative with the investigation, and credited her testimony both in terms of candor, and in terms of her objective lack of malicious intent in violating the rules,” the biennial report said.
The report prepared by the investigative subcommittee that handled the case was released in December 2012 as a form of informal public reproval, and the committee closed the case. Berkley, amid ongoing ethics allegations, made an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., last November and will not be returning to Capitol Hill.
In addition to the 27 matters it referenced publicly during 2011 and 2012, the committee report notes there were another 69 cases that remained confidential, 42 of which were resolved.
There are currently 34 investigative matters pending before the committee that it could address during the next Congress, including open cases that it received from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics related to Reps. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J.; Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.; Bill Owens, D-N.Y.; and Aaron Schock, R-Ill.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.