July 31st, 2010
06:54 PM ET
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Waters will choose House ethics trial, source says

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters has chosen to face a House ethics trial rather than accept a finding of wrongdoing by the House ethics committee.

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters has chosen to face a House ethics trial rather than accept a finding of wrongdoing by the House ethics committee.

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has chosen to face a House ethics trial rather than accept a finding of wrongdoing by the House ethics committee, according to a source familiar with the process.

The ethics committee has been looking into whether Waters violated any House rules when she helped arrange a meeting in September 2008 between a bank she and her husband had ties to financially and Treasury Department officials.

The bank was seeking federal assistance. Waters is a senior member of the House Financial Services committee.

Waters met with the House ethics committee Wednesday evening, but she declined to comment to CNN when she left the meeting.

If Waters' trial goes forward, she would be undergoing the same sort of procedure begun just this week for another prominent House Democrat, Rep. Charles Rangel of New York.

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Earlier: House investigators back reprimand for Rangel

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. JJ in NY

    No surprise here...... just another hypocritical socialist caught with her hand in the taxpayer's cookie jar .

    July 31, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Minesh - troy, MI

    I guarantee that blacks will still vote for these corrupt black Democrats.

    July 31, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If you google Congressional Black Caucus members at least half have some ethical or legal issue.

    July 31, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Joe P

    Another crook. This women is simply disgusting in every way. I am certain that when Fox news mentions that she is under an ethical crowd that the Libs will call Fox new racist. Waters, Franks and Dodd are the main culprits in the economic meltdown because of their actions on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

    July 31, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    who makes up this committee??? A bunch of repos ? Watch them try and run with this one.

    July 31, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Walter

    One good thing that might come out of the Rangel and Water situation is more people thinking about term limits. Regardless of whether or not they did anything wrong, when any person is in the House or Senate for decade after decade, they invariably believe they are above all the rules.

    July 31, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    What's with all the crooked Democrats lately? Rengel, Waters, Jefferson...

    July 31, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    5 Republicans Under Investigation for Ethics Violations

    Tom Price, R-GA
    John Campbell, R-CA
    Jeb Hensarling, R-TX
    Christopher Lee, R-NY
    Frank Lucas, R-OK

    Let's talk about this CNN!!!

    July 31, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. MikeH

    So CNN, where is your Sen. John Ensign coverage, Mr. Ensign is currently being investigated by the FBI. Oh, is he a Republican, and it's ok if he:

    A. Had an affair with his staffers wife.
    B. Hired the son of the staffer.
    C. Used the family of the woman he had an affair with to pay $80K to the staffer.

    CNN: only news that attacks Democrats, Republican crimes are not news.

    July 31, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Frank

    When will Nobama face trial? Will it be after he is impeached or before?

    July 31, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. marxist dogs are out of control

    And on top of all of this the Democrats and CNN will not denounce pedophiles and child rapists. This is a sick society.

    July 31, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Indepemdent_me

    What about Ensign...how come HE is not being investigated???

    July 31, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. JES

    Just doesn't with all the crooks in DC.

    July 31, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. Ridgeway

    Heh, heh, heh.... boy here's a shocker. A former welfare cheat doing something unethical. Look up the definition of "unethical" in the dictionary. She and Charlie Rangel's pictures are right next to it. Said it before, say it again ex-Detroit mayor, ex-Atlanta mayor, ex-Birmingham city council members, all in prison, all held public office. Carpet Baggers yes they still exist. Entitlement mentalities with self created reparations.

    July 31, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. MAC

    Maxine will blame her ethics problems on Bush 1 like she did the drug problems of the black community.

    July 31, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. Mike

    They should throw all these crooks in jail.

    July 31, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. MAC

    It took Nancy Pelosi almost 4 years to start ot clean up the democrat party ethics problems in the House and she still has alot more to go.

    July 31, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    I thought Nancy Pelos was going to drain the swamp? Another democRAT under Nancy's wings...

    July 31, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. pcfrisch

    No surprise here.
    Another liberal who thinks the laws they create are for the peasants.

    July 31, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Joe

    This is why we should only elect white democrats.These black reps are infesting our party and can't seem to stay out of trouble. They we elected purely because they were black and they are making our entire party look like a bunch of crooks. Find a good white democrat and stick with that. The repubs are gaining ground on us every day and the last thing we need is another political scandal from these black democrats who soil our cause because they cannot resist being typical blacks.

    July 31, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Scott Trent

    She is corrupt! Mrs. "We do NOT have a crisis at Fannie Mae and in particlar at Freddie Mac..." Toss her to the curb.

    July 31, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Gar

    Maxine Waters and this ethics violation
    Rangel, Geithner, Dashle not paying taxes
    Spitzer, Clinton, Edwards cheat on their wives
    Gore groping the massues
    2 Kennedy s, multiple DUIs, cheating etc
    So many Democrats, soooo much corruption
    I thought we were going to get change???

    July 31, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. snow

    At least rangel seems to be a reasonably intelligent person, but this maxine waters is a complete idiot. Liberals make fun of Governor Palin but this woman is dumber than a stump. But both of them are liberal demorats and are probably guilty, but they are only the tip of the problems in congress.

    July 31, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Ah, another corrupt Liberal! Then again, Liberalism is a lie so it's no wonder so many Liberal politicians are corrupt. This November, we ned to throw all the Liberal incumbents who are on the ballot out of office! There is indeed an anti-incumbent mood in this country, and it applies to anti-incumbent Liberals!

    July 31, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. Joseph

    Any doubts? DemoCRUPTs from the top, congress to the bottom, liberal activities?

    July 31, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
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