Monday, August 09, 2010
Image via WikipediaRep. Waters Formally Accused By Ethics Committee : NPR
WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee has formally charged California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters with three counts of ethics wrongdoing, including charges that she accepted special favors for a family member.
Today's announcement of the charges by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct opens the way for a trial this fall before eight members of the ethics committee — four Democrats and four Republicans.
Waters, a 10-term representative from Los Angeles who holds a senior position on the Financial Services Committee, has denied the charges. The committee denied her motion to dismiss the charges.
In its "statement of alleged violation," the committee states that it determined there is "substantial reason to believe that a violation of the Code of Official Conduct, or of a law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to the performance of official duties or the discharge of official responsibilities ... has occurred."