U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif wants her ethics trial before the Midterm election. She wrote in a letter to the committee that if her trial was held after the election it would prejudice how her constituents would view her integrity. Waters strongly denies that she has done anything un-ethical and even alluded that there may be a racial element to her being charged.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., asked the ethics committee Wednesday for a speedy trial on allegations she broke House rules.
Waters, who turns 72 this month and has served nearly 20 years in Congress, asked the panel to release its official report on the allegations. In a letter to the committee Wednesday evening, Waters waived her right to have the official statement of allegations against her kept secret, the Washington publication Politico reported.
The statement contains the substance of the committee’s investigation of Waters, including depositions and other evidence collected, Politico said.
Waters allegedly violated House ethics rules by arranging a meeting for executives of OneUnited Bank and the National Bankers Association with Treasury Department officials. Waters’ husband, Sidney Williams, has strong ties to OneUnited.
Waters maintains she has done nothing wrong.
Politico said the top aide for the ethics committee did not immediately respond to its request for the charging documents.
Congresswoman Waters wrote:
“I am writing to ask that The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct schedule my adjudicatory hearing prior to the November election,”
Ms. Waters, a California Democrat, wrote in a letter to the ethics committee, which she released to the media Wednesday evening. She said she was “concerned” that the ethics panel didn’t schedule her trial and said she feels “strongly that further delay in the scheduling of the hearing violates the fundamental principles of due process, denies my constituents the opportunity to evaluate this case, and harms my ability to defend my integrity.”
The letter comes after Ms. Waters rejected a plea agreement with the ethics committee last week and welcomed a public trial that she said would prove that she didn’t violate congressional ethics rules. The ethics committee didn’t schedule a date for her trial, but it’s likely that it would come after the election.