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Washington D.C.–Two attorneys for the House ethics committee have been placed on indefinite “paid administrative leave” stemming from serious problems within the secretive panel.

Morgan Kim, the deputy chief counsel and the lead attorney on the case of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), is one of the attorneys placed on leave, said several sources familiar with the controversy.

Stacy Sovereign, another committee lawyer, was also put on leave, these sources said.

Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign on Nov. 19, but was unable to do so.

However, the two attorneys are no longer assigned to any active cases, said the sources.

The ethics committee declined to comment on Kim’s or Sovereign’s status, saying it does not speak publicly about internal committee issues or personnel status.

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