March 26, 2017

Congresswoman Faces Ethics Charges

The Office of Congressional Ethics has released this report detailing ethics charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cal.) for violating conflict of interest rules.  Waters is accused of setting up a meeting between the US Treasury and representatives of OneUnited Bank – a bank her husband served on the board from 2004-2008 and also had “two investments valued between $500,000 and $1,000,000.”

Additionally, the report also includes testimony from an unidentified Congressman referred to as “Representative A,” who believes Waters was aware of the conflict of interest because she told him that “OneUnited had a problem, but she didn’t know how to handle it because Sydney’s [her husband] been on the board.”  Waters has denounced the OCE’s report as having “no merit,” but she must prove that during her upcoming trial before the House Ethics Committee.

These charges come only 4 days after an Investigative Subcommittee slammed Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) with 13 similar ethics charges.

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