WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee is expected Friday to clear Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., of any wrongdoing, paving the way for her to become the lead Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee next year.

The vote will dissipate a cloud that has hung over Waters since 2010, as well as one of the strangest ethics complaints of recent years, involving not just accusations against a single lawmaker but also allegations of impropriety by those investigating the California Democrat.

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