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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  1. DagnyTag

    Progressive Liberal "Ideology" = The deepest, most self righteous arrogance and hypocrisy available in the political spectrum. An utterly abhorrent, cancerous, viciously regressive "philosophy". Ahhhh, November; can't come soon enough!!

    August 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Artboy34

    And, here we go... cue outrage over right-wing conservative "witch hunt," then have race card ready to play. (Lay in video of President slowly shaking head, as if there were nothing he could do...).

    And the stage show in Washington goes on and on...

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

    Surprise, Surprise! Send her down the river with Rangel. Damn cheats!

    August 2, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. frank

    Wow,
    It seems every few days now another Democratic gets busted for ethics violations.

    August 2, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. billybob 'n NC

    Time to take a hike Maxine.

    August 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Okay – let's get all of the DIRTY laundry out – WASH IT – Hang it out to dry and then sit back and wait for CNN to expose all of the RepubliCAN'Ts that have DIRTY LAUNDRY!!! I bet the RepubliCAN'T's laundry is dirtier than the Democrats!!

    I think it's a PLAN – not too many more Democrats have skeletons but OH MY GOSH – wait for the RepubliCAN'T list –

    ENSIGN, Ensign, ensign!!!
    Tom Price, GA
    Jeb Hensarling, TX
    Christopher Lee, NY
    Frank Lucas, OK

    And in the end – it's ALL WRONG!!!!!

    August 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. sri

    I am glad they are catching crooks like this woman. She is an arrogant person who thinks she is the greatest black woman in the world. I am getting angry by just looking at he ugly face. Cant public servants simply SERVE the public. Why is money and fame the driving need for them??

    August 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. DrX

    Man I am SOOOO glad Nancy Pelosi is draining that swamp!!!

    August 2, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Shocked

    Shocking, a politician charged with ethical violations...

    What's next, a lawyer accused of lying? A marketing rep accused of false advertising? A baseball player being accused of using PEDs?

    Say it isn't so!

    August 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. FoolKiller

    Of course they have. All of the Democratic cronies have to be given a slap on the hand now, to prevent getting the jail time they really deserve once the adults are back in charge.

    August 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Kaiser Souse

    This is the part where the tea party loons yell about how corrupt our current administration is, yet fail to remember those in the previous administration who got in trouble for stuff like this.

    August 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. asgardshill

    I remember the good old days when it was the Republicans who were continually involved in financial scandals while the Democrats were hip-deep in personal peccadillos. Now we get Larry Craig and Maxine Waters (sigh).

    August 2, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Mark

    Before the idiots start posting: Repubs and Dems both have to deal with this crap so just use your little brain for once and stop making stupid, retarded statements.

    August 2, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. weptiger

    Further reason in support of term limits.....

    August 2, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Democrats = Corruption/stupidity

    Obama and Pelosi have been working with crooks for most of their lives. They will find a way to get another democrat off (see Rangel, Gietner, Richards,...).

    August 2, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Barb

    My, my, imagine that. I refuse to believe that any of our esteemed members of Congress would do something like that!

    August 2, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. john

    A couple of high profile ethics trials will be a great backdrop for an election this fall!! Don't get me wrong, I know they are ALL crooked but this will be fun to watch. Bet they resign or "make a deal" just to avoid the making the DEMS look bad this fall.

    August 2, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Riley

    Yet another longtime Dem caught redhanded breaking the law. Go figure!

    August 2, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Andrew

    It seems like all these Democrats are getting charged for various things, that they all say they didn't do and are largely surprised by, along side of several dying. By the time November rolls around there won't be any Dems to replace.

    August 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. dwt

    Another black democratic ethics probe? Starting to look like some Hollywood conspiracy film.

    August 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. RIO

    What, you expected that Congressmen and Senators have ethics and are honest, Ha! Democrat or Republican our government officials are a joke and a disgrace. Vote them all out.....course I dont know what to replace them with, trained Baboons maybe!

    August 2, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Big Pimpin'

    Bad couple days for the Dems. Poor timing.

    August 2, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. PAPilot

    Yep... and these are the people who caused the housing bust by forcing banks to make bad loans for decades. Is anyone really surprised? Obama needs to make some heads roll to give himself some credibility. First Rangel, and now Waters. He had to pick two of his own kind to avoid appearing engaged in reverse racism...

    August 2, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Baby Boomer

    Honestly, as much as I like Mrs. Waters, I am ready to see some of our elected officials (over the age of 65) retire. It's time to let others take the lead.

    August 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Are we really surprised about this, this kind of stuff is going on all the time. it's called " businesses as usual" Hope that crook charlie rangal is next, then the master pinhead himself.

    August 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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