Another leading Democrat in the House of Representatives stands accused of ethics violations and faces a public trial ahead of the November congressional elections.
Long-time California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, is accused of breaking ethics rules in setting up a 2008 meeting between a banker and then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. (See details here)
After a lengthy investigation of Waters, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (informally known as the House Ethics Committee) released a report on the findings on Monday.
Her troubles surfaced just days after New York Congressman Charles Rangel was hit with a long list of ethics charges, including use of a rent-stabilized apartment for his campaign committee.
Waters responded with a statement denying any wrongdoing and declaring she wants a public trial. Rangel’s trial is expected to begin in September.