She broke no rules, she has no regrets, and she won’t cut a deal with the U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee. That was the message a defiant Democratic lawmaker Maxine Waters had for the media on Friday.
The 10-term California representative brought her trademark feistiness to a lengthy news conference in the bowels of the U.S. Capitol. Her chief of staff Mikael Moore (who also happens to be her grandson) went through the ethics charges against her, and her defense against them in mind-numbing detail.
“I won’t go behind closed doors. I won’t cut a deal. I will continue to talk about the fact that I have not violated anything,” Waters declared at the news conference in the Capitol Visitors’ Center, which is below ground. She flayed the ethics committee for having not yet set a hearing in her case.
The House ethics panel accused Waters of three counts of breaking House rules earlier this month for allegedly assisting a bank in which her husband was a stockholder get help from the federal government.
The case comes on the heels of 13 charges by the ethics panel against Representative Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, adding to the woes of President Obama’s party in Congress as it struggles to maintain its majority in mid-term elections this fall.