Rep. Maxine Waters will face a House trial this fall on three charges of ethical wrongdoing, reports the AP. The 10-term lawmaker is accused of violating rules in requesting federal help for OneUnited Bank, where her husband owned stock and served on the board. Waters denied the charges today.
"Three months after Waters called Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to set up the meeting during the financial crisis, OneUnited Bank received $12 million in bailout funds," reports the Los Angeles Times. "Paulson was 'unequivocal' that Waters did not mention her husband's ties to the bank."
Waters becomes the second high profile member of the Congressional Black Caucus to opt for a public trial in the fall on ethics charges. New York Democrat Charles Rangel will face also face trial, adding to the Democrats woes as they head into the November midterm elections.
On a personal note, Waters has always been one of my sheroes. Maxine Waters has a 90% Human Rights Campaign Rating, strong on LGBT issues and has been one of the Hill's strongest champions for HIV funding. Hopefully she will be exonerated and fully acquitted. A shame if she is forced to end an incredible career on this note.