09-21-2012, 02:48 PM
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Re: House panel set to clear Rep. Maxine Waters of ethics charges
And they did let her off, while sticking part of the blame on her chief of staff, Mikael Moore.
Why is it the house plays jury, judge in the affairs of it's members? Politices aside.
Ethics committee won't charge Calif. Rep. Waters - Yahoo! News
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.Ethics committee won't charge Calif. Rep. Waters
By LARRY MARGASAK | Associated Press – 5 hrs ago. 21 Sept. 2012 ......
WASHINGTON (AP) — California Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters will not be charged with ethics violations.
At a meeting Friday, House Ethics Committee members said they found no violations in their investigation of allegations she steered a $12 million federal bailout to a bank where her husband owns stock. Waters is a senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee.
The committee, however, said Waters' chief of staff, Mikael Moore, did take actions in Congress in an attempt to help the bank and violated standards of conduct. Moore likely will receive a letter admonishing him for his conduct. but will not face more severe punishment, such as a reprimand, by the full House.
Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who is acting chairman of the panel, announced the tentative findings at a hearing but noted the committee has not issued a final report.
Goodlatte said the committee was convinced that when Waters asked for a meeting at the Treasury Department to discuss financial help for minority banks, she believed she did so on behalf of all minority banks — not just OneUnited, where her husband owns stock. Goodlatte said the committee agreed with Waters' assertion.
Goodlatte said that when Waters realized that OneUnited was in serious trouble, she told then-chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., to handle any further matters in the case. Goodlatte said, however, that Moore continued efforts in Congress to get committee help for OneUnited, even sending the committee staff an email saying, "OneUnited is in trouble."
Moore defended his actions, saying he violated no House rules.
“Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”