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Rep. Waters speaks out on House ethics trial

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

November 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is speaking out about the postponement of her U.S. House of Representatives ethics trial."This type of behavior, lack of decency, and professional decorum would not be accepted in a court of law. And it should not be accepted in the United States House of Representatives," said Waters.

The Democratic congresswoman was to go on trial in the House Monday on charges she used her political influence to help bail out a bank in which her husband owned stock.

But the ethics panel delayed the trial after the discovery of potential new evidence: an e-mail, written by her chief of staff, which says Waters was closely watching bailout legislation, but which does not mention the bank tied to her husband.

Waters, who claims she is innocent, has been calling for the trial to proceed for months.