August 2nd, 2010
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California congresswoman charged with House ethics violations

 Rep. Maxine Waters was charged Monday with House ethics violations.

Rep. Maxine Waters was charged Monday with House ethics violations.

Washington (CNN) - A House ethics investigative panel has charged a high-ranking Democratic congresswoman with violating House rules by seeking federal financial assistance for a bank with ties to her husband.

According to the House ethics committee, California Rep. Maxine Waters 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.

Read the full report here [pdf]

Waters insists she did nothing wrong.

"I have not violated any House rules," she said in a statement released Monday. "I simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do and instead have chosen to respond to charges made by the [ethics committee] in a public hearing. ... The case against me has no merit."

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Updated: 3:34 p.m.

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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Doug

    Its going to be a good November for the GOP.

    August 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Chris (Sacramento CA)

    Another bites the dust! How funny about 4 years ago the democrats were bashing the republicans on their ethic charges and now the democrats are in the same position.

    August 2, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Nate

    By ties to her husband they means where her and her husband had a financial interest.

    August 2, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Would have been better if someone had the guts 20 years ago to put this corrupt, racist in jail.

    August 2, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Shirley in California

    Has anyone else noticed most of the people who associated themselves (strongly) with Hillary – either died, are facing ethics violations or have lost for offices they were running? Just an observation...

    August 2, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. nini

    We deserve better than you.

    August 2, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Naqib

    Democrat with an ethics violation investigation...

    Wow... who would have thought... lol

    100 days and counting...

    August 2, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. pp

    no biggy right? just another crooked pol...

    August 2, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Whatever happened to the coverage of Sen. Ensign's scandal?

    August 2, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Big George in Big D

    Another democRAT!! No way – Really?

    August 2, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Ethics, smethics! They will BOTH get el-elected because the districts they represent don't care about this! They really need to get the boot along with everyone else who is fouling up! Once again the term PUBLIC SERVANT has lost its true meaning! The new term is ruling elites!

    August 2, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Haren

    Why only black members are investigated from of false allegation from FOX news? we don't want to repeat another episode like USDA
    And what this stupid laura ingram writing about obama's diary?
    Is she is making up the story or what? and who is doing fact checks on it?

    August 2, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    Are there ANY politicians who arent completely crooked sell-outs? Dont meant o sound too cynical, but really – when was the last time any company was prosecuted for trying to do exactly this sort of thing? Never. If someone actually gets investigated, or if anyone really throws a fit over it, you can bet it's done in front of a camera, and the person doing the posturing is running for re-election.

    It makes me sick.

    August 2, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Aparently she didn't learn anything from the whole Keating mess in the 1980s. If these charges are true, what the heck was she thinking?

    Please tell me that's not Charles Rangel whispering in here ear in the photo.

    August 2, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Angus McDugan

    This is so sad. Why do power corrupt so easily?

    August 2, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Rickster, the democrat party is imploding on itself right before our eyes but the reality is that the democrat party has always been corrupt and, since the 1960's, totally inept.

    By the way, if Rangel and Waters were republicans, republicans would vote them out. Let's see what democrats do.

    August 2, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Ben

    Democrats are falling apart!! Ha Ha!! I LOVE it!! Maxine Waters is as corrupt as it gets in DC. She's the idiot that said Franklin Raines was doing such a bangup job at Fannie Mae. What a moron.

    August 2, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Ellie Light

    Racism I can hear her screaming all the way from Calif

    where is Al Sharpton & Jessie Jackson you can bet they will show up sooner or later

    stealing from the poor again Hmmm Maxine?

    Oh thats right I forgot its Bush's fault

    August 2, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. AJ

    I adore Maxine but its time members of Congress stopped using their position to gain financial advantage for themselves or their families. If she did it, BRING HER DOWN!!

    August 2, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. palmerhg

    If our elected members of congress do not know when they do something wrong, then how should the rest of us know if we are doing something wrong?

    August 2, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Bob

    Another dirty Dem...what else is new?

    August 2, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Sandra Stanford

    Where are the stories on the criminal probes into republicans? guess we know that cnn is nothing more than a cheerleader for the republicans. Ted Turner must be "so proud" of what CNN has become...Fox light

    August 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. MD

    Another corrupt politician. She does not even realize what she did wrong.

    August 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. chris

    WOW big surprise 1st wrangle and now her....let's clean out congress even before the elections!!!

    August 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Gale

    Nope, no Democrat does anything wrong! It's all Bush's fault!!! What a bunch of losers and crooks!

    August 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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