House Ethics Committee Outlines Charges against Waters

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Hat Tip:  JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House ethics committee on Monday announced three counts of alleged ethics violations against California Democrat Maxine Waters, including a charge that she requested federal help for a bank where her husband owned stock and had served on its board.

Waters, a 10-term representative from Los Angeles, has denied any wrongdoing and had urged the committee to come forth with details of the charges so that she can defend herself in a trial expected to take place this fall.

That trial would be the second handled by the ethics committee this fall. The report says Waters asked the Treasury Department to meet representatives from the National Bankers Association, a trade group representing minority-owned and women-owned banks. The discussion at that September 2008 meeting centered on OneUnited Bank. OneUnited eventually received $12 million in bailout money.

She petitioned to have the charges dismissed, but the ethics committee rejected that request.

The first count said she violated House rules that members “shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect credibility on the House.”

It said that her husband’s financial interest in OneUnited had declined from $350,000 at the end of June 2008, to about $175,000 in September, and would have been worthless if OneUnited had not received federal funds.

The second violation pertains to the use of improper influence that results in a personal benefit. It cites the failure of Waters to instruct her chief of staff to refrain from assisting OneUnited after she realized she should not be involved in the case.

The third count relates to the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not.

I’m still making up my mind about the seriousness of these charges and will wait for more definitive information. What’s your take?

12 thoughts on “House Ethics Committee Outlines Charges against Waters

  1. Burroughston Broch

    You mean that you don’t believe that this is part of Nancy Pelosi’s pledge to clean up the House?

    • Former US Rep. Nathan “Race-Baiter” Deal (R-GA) has won the GOP nomination for Georgia Governor last night, setting up a showdown between Deal and former Georgia governor Roy Barnes (D).

    • I believe Nancy’s pledge, I am dubious about hanging Maxine Waters out to dry, though. I heard sistah on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and have read more about this on Truth Dig, The Hill, The LA Times, Washington Post and other news, opinion and advocacy outlets. The more I read the more this shyt looks like blame a nigga to me.

  2. Mark

    The charges should be considered serious – notwithstanding the fact that the numbers are a mere pittance compared with AIG, BofA, etc.

  3. Burroughston Broch

    Was reminded of this email in the About section from February 2009:
    I thought Obama was right from the beginning.He is a good speaker with no notes and I think he cares about getting this country back on track. This whole cause is to blame from the last Pres.,war and greedy banks and big business.There must be some limits made. I just saw Maxine Waters on TV today speaking to banks about helping people in trouble and she only got the run around. These banks are not trying to help anyone ,just goble up there property and put them on the streets.They are getting cheap gov. money of 1% or less and using it to their advantage not helping the people one bit.This needs to be looked into. Maxine ,will you help just anyone in financial trouble? e-mail me. MJL

    What a difference 18 months makes. Obama was not right and Maxine was looking for Federal money for her husband’s bank. Sigh…

      • Burroughston Broch

        Not the way I understand it. It seems that she sent her chief of staff to carry the message, similar to the President sending Rahm Emanuel to Governor Blagojevich. Politicians have forgotten their Shakespeare – “one must be like Caesar’s wife, above reproach.”

  4. bullonay

    Corruption is corruption, the degree does not matter. Nice to see a few of the criminals in the majority party being exposed for their actions. Too bad that the Queens of the House (Frank and Pelosi) will probably never be held accountable for their part in destroying this once proud nation.This November will be a very interesting time for our futures. It is time to clean house of all the criminals, these people are supposed to work for us, not the other way. Dump all the incumbents!! Clean the House of Representatives!!

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