August 13th, 2010
11:46 AM ET
12 years ago

Waters proclaims innocence on ethics charges

Washington (CNN) - A defiant Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, insisted Friday that neither she nor her staff broke any House rules. Waters also blasted the House ethics committee for failing to schedule a trial that, according to her, would allow her to clear her name.

Given the fact that the committee's investigation has now lasted for over a year, "such a delay is unacceptable," she told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference.

"This case is about fairness," she said. Due process has been denied, and ethics investigators have ignored "key pieces of exculpatory evidence."

Waters, a ten-term Los Angeles congresswoman, is alleged to have helped steer federal bailout money to Massachusetts-based OneUnited Bank - in which her husband had a financial stake. She has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Regardless of what she's done, they all do it, folks. Your congress critters all steer special favors to their buddies. They're just after Maxine because she's currently pushing legislation that will help the poor. And we all know how much our government hates the poor. Have a nice day!

    August 13, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. New Age Independant

    If this were a common citizen at a business , she'd be in jail. Liberals for some reason believe that they are entitled to spend taxpayer dollars for their own personal use.

    August 13, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Take America Back: from Texas

    Please someone tell me; why should being a black congressional seat holder cause one to become "above reproach" (or a first black President)?
    Thihnk about it.......everyone (even Republicans) when confronted with an ethics charge, a resignation followed. But when it is someone from the "Black Caucus".....they stand and scream "Racial Discrimination"????? Or, if one opposes some policy of Obambi.....they become "a Racist"??????
    I'm just saying........

    August 13, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. aneanderthal

    Of course she did. Liberals are beref of morals or ethics, therefore they cannot be guily. The have no sense of personal responsibility. And to hear Waters talk about fairness is a laugh. Go ahead CNN, dig in your files, check out some of her outrageous and stupid statements, dig up some or her from outer space press releases. Fox already has. Focus on her comments about Tom Delay and New Gingrich. Show the hypocrisy and lameness that is liberalism. Show how racist this joke is.

    August 13, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Minimally at face value it is a conflict of interest. Nepotism and cronyism is not acceptable. But the question is how much financial stake does her husband have in this bank??? Regardless it looks very bad and she should step down.

    August 13, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Simon-Orlando

    All criminals have a lame excuse for their illegal acts. And it's always going to be George Bush's fault when it comes to the Democrat CBC. They don't take responsibility for anything.

    August 13, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Given the fact that the committee's investigation has now lasted for over a year, "such a delay is unacceptable," she told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference.

    How true, she should be beginning her second year of jail time already.

    August 13, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Jim El Paso Tx

    TEN terms...arrogant....lies. What more reasons to dump her!!!

    August 13, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. stevegee

    The lady doth protest too much. It's time to drain the Democrat Swamp, and put an end to Obama's Socialist agenda.

    In November, vote American, vote Republican

    August 13, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Cesar

    I think she is guilty, trying to twist the truth

    August 13, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Our prison system is full of people still crying out the same thing im innocent and I didnt do it .

    August 13, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Waters IS innocent.

    This is nothing but a sudden Republican witch hunt. They have no shame when most of their members have been involved in corruption, scandals, adultery, and total lies about others.

    We need to support the Democrats who have fought to help the People and our nation all year. Republicans have done NOTHING. We need to stand up for all the Democrats who have stood up for us and delivered solid solutions to move America forward, create jobs, and make sure big corporations and banks stop abusing us. They will build back America.

    Republicans are trying to destroy it again.

    August 13, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Bedtime for Obonzo

    CNN has left out the part of her press conference where she pins the blame for her troubles on the Bush Administration. According to Mad Maxine, she was "forced" to intervene when the minority bankers' group couldn't get an appointment with Hank Paulson. Paulson, of course, held the meeting, which was limited to Maxine's bank, OneUnited.

    August 13, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. DaveinDenver

    I truly believe that Rangle and Waters don't think they did anything wrong. That is the mentality in Washington, they all think they are above it all, our royal leaders. It's time to move the government to Cheyenne overnight, not tell anyone in Washington DC, and start over using the Constitution that our fore fathers gave us. Give the rights back to the states and only allow the federal government to control what it was given by the constitution.

    August 13, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    And did you hear she blamed Bush. A walking talking liberal cliche. Corrupt and slimy as can be and blame Bush and racists for it. Perhaps the ethics committee should not go after her. Just let her sit and spout her inanities so the world can see how stupid, unethical and immoral liberals actually are. Maxine Waters is a walking, talking poster girl for the left wing.

    August 13, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Operation Crush Rush

    Shes the greatest.

    August 13, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Buster

    She would deny stealing cookies even if she was caught with her hand in the cookie jar. Typical liberal.

    August 13, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    BeverlyNC August 13th, 2010 12:30 pm ET
    Waters IS innocent.
    You know that ,how? Personal relationship? Newspaper clippings? Fan club president? I don't know if she is guilty. How do you know she's not? We'll find out soon enough!
    Public SERVANTS should have higher standards! ALL of them!
    The very fact HER party has charged her speaks volumes! Let the trial go and see where we land. Republican witchhunt? You DO know that HER party runs the Congress (hench they chair the ethics committee) right?

    August 13, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Rickster

    lol.....just another corrupt democrat loser. Encyclopedia Britannica is a shorter read than the list of corrupt democrats.

    August 13, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. kat

    I believe she and Rangel are both a bunch of crooks, but they'll never be punished for their crimes, This administration will not allow it.

    August 13, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Justice

    As voters it is important that we get the facts straight. And it is important that we make intelligent assessment of the issues. Have you read the formal complaint published by the ethics committee?

    The most important fact to understand is that the alleged wrongs were done during the Bush administration. This is highly significant because the influence Maxine Waters would have had then would be very little.

    According to the ethics committee she simply arranged a meeting between Paulson's staff and representatives of Black banks which would include the Black-owned bank in which her husband owned a disclosed interest.

    Her chief of staff followed up on whether the meeting occurred and what came of the meeting.

    Later, the TARP fund was approved. She spoke to Barney Frank who headed a committe involved with helping banks. He told her that he would handle the matter. She did not need to be involved as she'd mentioned her husband had been on the board of directors.

    Her chief of staff followed up on the matter.

    The bank with which her husband was connected had lost a huge amount of money (by Black bank standards) because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had become insolvent. Bank investors in these government programs were hurt badly by the failure of FMae and FMac.

    Just as other banks needed help, the Black-owned banks needed help also. Their representative (Waters) simply put them in touch with the people who were in a position to help.

    That's what representatives are supposed to do.

    As voters we need to understand the facts. And then understand the issues. When people try to manipulate us with specious politics we need to reject it. If we don't we will continue as voters and taxpayers to be used and abused.

    This is a serious post for serious readers. I'm not interested in engaging in inmature name calling or bickering.

    I wish you all well.


    Assuming all of these facts are true.

    August 13, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Never seen much of anyone admit wrongdoing, until they were proven guilty in court, even when the entire world knew they were guilty.

    August 13, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Nice Guy

    I wish we could stop with the racism. I'm not opposed to Obama because he's black. I am opposed to his COMMUNIST white have and his SOCIALIST WELFARE mentality of his other half. Maxine is corrupt, and should resign regardless of her caucus.

    August 13, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Capt. Snarky

    Maxine, sweetheart, time to quit your complainin and do some splainin.......

    August 13, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. jonah

    Talk about greed...She should have at least steered the bailout money to her own state.

    August 13, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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