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Rep. Maxine Waters denies ethics charges

August 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Congresswoman Maxine Waters made a public appearance on Saturday while she's the subject of an ethics investigation.The longtime California Democrat is accused of seeking federal assistance for a bank during the height of the financial crises that has ties to her husband.

Waters was at the First A.M.E. Church on West Adams Boulevard on Saturday to speak on the latest developments on U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.

"No benefit, no improper action, no failure to disclose, no one influenced, no case," Waters said in her speech.

Waters has said in the past that she wants the details of the ethics charges against her made public. She will stand trial before a House ethics committee in the case that surrounds her actions involving a bank with ties to her husband that received federal bailout funds.

"I have also asked the committee to release immediately all the documents related to this case, because now the press and public have only been able to speculate on incomplete information," Waters said.

The House Ethics Committee released a report that found substantial reason to believe that Waters may have violated ethics rules.

In September of 2008, a meeting between the Treasury Department and OneUnited Bank, where Waters' husband was a stock holder, was set up and the bank received $12 million in federal bailout funds.

The congresswoman said she is innocent and wants the charges to be made public immediately. She told a Santa Monica radio station that she cannot discuss the charges herself because of a confidentiality agreement.

Many at the Haitian event stood by Waters citing her long run in politics.

"I believe she deserves the benefit of the doubt," Rev. John Hunter said. "She has a long track record of serving and advocating on behalf of people."


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