I bolded the last paragraph just to point out that the Tea Party, which is often accused of being racist, actually exonerated so far 5 of the 8 people they were investigating, all of whom happened to be black. Maxine Waters: After 1000 Days and $1.3 Million, Most Powerful Black Woman in Congress ExoneratedPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View After nearly three years and over a million dollars spent, the House Ethics Committee has exonerated Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) in the matter of a seemingly never ending ethics investigation that has featured many twists and turns. The Waters probe has included an outside counsel and six members of the Committee recusing themselves from the investigation. In general terms, the way the investigation proceeded featured several unprecedented moments â€” particularly with regard to hiring an outside counsel at taxpayer expense. Rep. Waters sat with her husband, Sidney Williams, and her Chief of Staff, who is also her grandson, Mikhail Moore, testified to the committee. Ethics Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced the exoneration yet indicated the three plus year investigation may continue on Watersâ€™ chief of staff. ... At the time Watersâ€™ investigation was launched in November 2009, all eight active ethics investigations by either the House Ethics Committee or the new Office of Congressional Ethics were on Black members of Congress. Five of the eight Black members being investigated in late 2009 have now been exonerated.