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Decision near on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), ethics case

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A House ethics subcommittee has completed its investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), and could announce its next steps before lawmakers leave town for the August recess Friday, according to sources familiar with the process.

The committee is in discussions with Waters about the case, in which investigators looked at whether she broke House rules by improperly intervening with federal officials on behalf of a local bank, OneUnited Bank, that her husband owned stock in and once sat on the board of directors. It’s not clear yet what would be contained in a Statement of Alleged Violations if the investigative subcommittee determines she acted improperly.

Waters has denied any wrongdoing, saying she had no influence over Bush administration officials and that she appropriately advocated on behalf of minority-owned banks.

Waters is the second prominent African-American under the ethics microscope this week. The “trial” of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, is scheduled to begin Thursday afternoon.

It is extremely rare for a lawmaker to fight ethics committee charges in front of an adjudicative subcommittee, which makes recommendations for punishment to the full House.

But, Waters could also follow that route if she is not able to reach an agreement with the ethics committee and it chooses to release a Statement of Alleged Violations against her.

The committee could also admonish her not to repeat her actions — a move that would not bring a House action, as is required for more serious sanctions such a reprimand, censure or expulsion.

The committee could also announce it is dismissing the case, which was forwarded by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. But sources familiar with the ethics case say that’s not likely.

A fwd article: -jt

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  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2010/07/30 18:47:41
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
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    She might be into socialism and redistribution wealth



    But like most of these so called socialist........that doesn't include her personal fortune, which she no doubt tries to increase however she can.

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  • jovi 2010/07/31 16:12:39
    jovi
    This socialist should be fired then thrown in prison,just like her sidekick rangel.
  • Callaway 2010/07/30 22:33:13
    Callaway
    Any chance of saving some cash and just putting Max and Charlie on trial together. No wonder I haven't heard anything from her lately she must be keep her head down and I so miss hearing her words of discord and racial divisiveness.
  • Captain Kirk~POTL 2010/07/30 20:28:20
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    Excellent another demorat going down on ethics charges!!
  • Billyk75 2010/07/30 19:04:52
    Billyk75
    Will Aunt Esther (aka Maxine Waters) play the race card?
  • Dark Knight 2010/07/30 18:54:45
    Dark Knight
    +1
    August recess? Obviously, this is the first (named) one that could occur after the JULY recess. Unf*&#ingreal!
    Anyway - fry the bitch.
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2010/07/30 18:47:41
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +2
    She might be into socialism and redistribution wealth



    But like most of these so called socialist........that doesn't include her personal fortune, which she no doubt tries to increase however she can.
  • Captain... No nons... 2010/07/30 20:29:13
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    She might be?? I think it`s very obvious she definitely is!!
  • No nons... Captain... 2010/07/30 20:38:34
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
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    I am just b
    eing facetious again...........
  • Captain... No nons... 2010/07/30 20:40:19
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    Ya,I know you were,great video to point out her stand on socialism!! Have a great weekend,my friend!!
  • No nons... Captain... 2010/07/30 20:41:17
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
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    Thank you...........you too! :-D
  • Captain... No nons... 2010/07/30 20:42:16
    Captain Kirk~POTL
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    Thank you!! :)
  • Ken 2010/07/30 18:45:25
    Ken
    +2
    If they sent every case of corruption to the committees, they would all be out of jobs.
  • jovi Ken 2010/07/31 16:14:23
    jovi
    +1
    Very true,but that`s exactly what should be done,we need to get rid of all this corruption in Washington.
  • Ken jovi 2010/07/31 17:41:45
    Ken
    +1
    Exactly.

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