Rep. Maxine Waters Charged with Ethics Violations
The past weeks have been difficult for two of America’s most known black political figures.
First, known civil rights leader and Harlem’s congressman, Charles Rangel was charged by the House ethics committee for 13 violations involving alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress.
Now the House ethics committee has charged Congresswoman Waters (19 years in office), with violating House rules by seeking federal financial assistance for a bank with ties to her husband. Waters, who is known for divesting state pension funds from businesses active in South Africa during apartheid, is married to former NFL player and U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas, Sidney Williams.
The House ethics committee believes that the California representative arranged a meeting in 2008 between a bank she and her husband use and Treasury Department officials. This same bank was in need of federal financial aid.
Waters has continually denied doing anything unethical stating “I have not violated any House rules.” “I simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do and instead have chosen to respond to charges made by the [ethics committee] in a public hearing. … The case against me has no merit.”