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Maxine Waters Ethics Case: 6 Committee Members Recuse Themselves
Los Angeles Times ^ | Richard Simon

Posted on 02/17/2012 12:05:05 PM PST by AnTiw1

The tumultuous ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters, one of Los Angeles’ most enduring politicians, took another strange turn Friday as six members of the House Ethics Committee recused themselves from considering the charges against her.

Committee Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) said that all five of the panel’s Republicans, including himself, and one Democrat were taking the unusual action of recusing themselves from further involvement in the long-running Waters case "out of an abundance of caution and to avoid even an appearance of unfairness." Six new House members immediately were named to the bipartisan panel to consider all matters related to the Waters case.

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To: AnTiw1

Waters will die of old age before they do anything to her.

21 posted on 02/17/2012 1:07:43 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Voter#537

We need a panel of experts to take over and decide the fate of jowls Waters and save our precious congresscritters from any undue ridicule.

22 posted on 02/17/2012 1:08:14 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: AnTiw1

The ONLY thing that will SAVE this country is a MASSIVE ZYKLON-B gas discharge at a “State of the Union” “Speech”!

23 posted on 02/17/2012 1:11:11 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: marstegreg


She’s one of the Black Caucus members who testified in support of the heads of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the height of the corruption.

24 posted on 02/17/2012 1:14:37 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: AnTiw1
Hmmmm ......

Maxine Waters’ Ethics Trial Stalls. Again. (Who Is Surprised?) | July 23, 2011 | Patrick Richadson

Waters threatens to sue the House Ethics Committee for mishandling her case.

It’s notable that Waters is not asking for the case to be dismissed on the merits, but only because she claims she can no longer get a fair trial.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the Financial Services Committee, said in an interview that he inserted the provision for minority banks to protect OneUnited — because it is based in his state.

The provision sought by Waters — and inserted by Frank — told the Treasury Department that it should consider — for bailout money — banks that had an asset size of $1 billion or less, and whose size dropped to a lower range because they owned devalued preferred stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The only bank that language would affect was OneUnited.

Waters is accused of using her influence to gain special treatment for Massachusetts-based bank OneUnited, which received $12 million in bailout funds. Changing a law was required in order to get them the money. Her husband, former Ambassador Sidney Williams, owned more than $350,000 in stock in the bank, and had also been a board member.

Rep. Maxine Waters wants ethics charges dropped

Citing “gross misconduct,” the lawyer representing Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is asking the House Ethics Committee to dismiss all charges against his client.

In a letter addressed to the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, Republican Jo Bonner of Alabama, and the committee's top Democrat, Linda Sanchez, Waters' attorney Stanley Brand cited internal documents showing a close relationship between two former committee lawyers in the case and Republican committee members, saying “any further action by the committee would be “irremediably tainted and without legal foundation.”

Rep. Waters is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee. The committee alleges that she tried to obtain a federal bailout for a minority-owned bank where her husband is an investor.

“Based on the facts of the case and the record of committee misconduct, the only remedy that vindicates the principals of the quasi-judicial functions of the committee is immediate dismissal with prejudice. No other remedy exists to cure this misconduct,” Atty. Brand wrote.

Rep. Waters has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, saying she had no role in the Obama administration's decision to bail out Boston-based OneUnited Bank. The congresswoman's husband, Sidney Williams, owns stock in the bank, and his investment was in danger of becoming worthless during the near-financial collapse of late 2008.

OneUnited received $12 million in bailout money in December 2008. But Treasury Department officials have told House investigators that Rep. Waters was not involved in that decision.

Rep. Waters contended she had supported legislation to help all troubled, minority-owned banks like OneUnited—and specifically those, like OneUnited, that were hurt by their investments in the then-collapsing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Atty. Brand said internal documents showed that the two former lawyers regularly corresponded exclusively last year with Rep. Bonner, then the ranking Republican and now the ethics chairman.

The two lawyers, C. Morgan Kim and Stacy Sovereign, were suspended last year by the previous Democratic chairman, Zoe Lofgren of California. Neither accepted Atty. Bonner's offer earlier this year to reinstate them.

The committee had charged Rep. Waters with violating House rules and was ready to begin a proceeding on her conduct late last year, but the case was sent back for further investigation after the controversy erupted over the conduct of the two lawyers.

Atty. Brand said in his statement that if there is prosecutorial misconduct in a criminal case, a judge would usually dismiss the charges. He also said the case was flawed.

“Given that both current members and staff are implicated in these documents, any other suggested remedy would lack legal credibility and would confirm an unprecedented level of bias against my client,” Atty. Brand added.

Meanwhile ethics watchdogs are calling on Rep. Bonner to step down as chairman of the House Ethics Committee—at least temporarily—for his role in the ongoing turmoil over Rep. Waters' case.

“I think there needs to be an investigation into the whole matter, including Mr. Bonner's role and that Mr. Bonner should step aside during the course of that investigation,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

“If Mr. Bonner is found to have broken the committee's rules, he should be sanctioned by the full House.”

2 House ethics attorneys suspended (includes lead attorney on Maxine Waters case)

Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign on Nov. 19, but was unable to do so.

It is unclear if the decision to place Kim and Sovereign on paid leave was related to the Waters’ case or another matter, although they were placed in that status on the same day that Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), the chairwoman and ranking member of the committee, announced the Waters’ trial was delayed. The committee announced that it had new information, including e-mails from Mikael Moore, Waters' chief of staff, that would have an impact on the Waters’ matter.


25 posted on 02/17/2012 1:21:18 PM PST by Elle Bee
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26 posted on 02/17/2012 1:26:58 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: AnTiw1

Let’s be honest, Waters will never be convicted, or even tried. The entire DemocRat party would be implicated by doing so.

27 posted on 02/17/2012 1:31:47 PM PST by fwdude
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To: dsc

Cowards all!

28 posted on 02/17/2012 1:49:26 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: dsc

And I laugh for a full ten minutes.

Kudos to both of you.

29 posted on 02/17/2012 2:18:36 PM PST by Fishtalk (
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To: AnTiw1
How come those that resigned aren't named?

How come the replacements aren't named?

Are the replacements all black so that she passes Go and collects $200?


30 posted on 02/17/2012 4:02:58 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: AnTiw1

Maybe she shouldn’t have called Republicans ‘demons’.

31 posted on 02/17/2012 4:03:16 PM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Carry_Okie

“I’m not so sure this is cowardice. They may be so certain of a conviction that they can afford the move.”

I’m inclined to believe you are correct. New members,,,, new trial. Conviction.

32 posted on 02/17/2012 4:18:16 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: AnTiw1

Only the people who keep electing Maxine Waters are more idiotic than her.

33 posted on 02/17/2012 4:22:27 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: AnTiw1

Sounds like at least 6 other members of Congress need an investigation.

Are these cowards afraid of Mad Maxine pulling the inevitable race card?

34 posted on 02/17/2012 4:25:18 PM PST by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: AnTiw1

She gives me a big headache. She is one of those Democratic politicians who plays “musical chair” politics.

35 posted on 02/17/2012 6:01:57 PM PST by U-238
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To: dsc
You vile filthy, stinking, treacherous, traitorous, loathsome, reptilian RINO enemies of the Constitution and of humanity. May demons gnaw your skulls in Hell for all eternity. A chance to strike a blow against evil was dropped in your Ken-doll antitesticularian laps, and you pussied out. Swine! Dogs! Maggots! Limp-wristed, pansy-assed, chicken-choking, globalist, metrosexual, John-McCain-channeling Republican in Name Only/conservative in no way whatsoever nitwits.

Awww c'mon! Tell us how you REALLY feel! LOL

36 posted on 02/17/2012 8:13:29 PM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: dsc

I have voted against RINO Jo Bonner in the last two elections and intend to do so again this time.

37 posted on 02/17/2012 9:29:19 PM PST by blam
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To: aomagrat

Waters is an old commie, but a greedy one also. Her voters don’t give a damn if she killed the Pope because they are “more idiotic” than she is.

The Oakland voter’s lament: 6 years of education gone down the drain.

38 posted on 02/17/2012 9:54:23 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: AnTiw1

To put this idiot in front of an ethics committee makes the mistake of assuming that she has any.

39 posted on 02/17/2012 10:33:36 PM PST by ponygirl
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To: blam

“I have voted against RINO Jo Bonner in the last two elections and intend to do so again this time.”

Good. I wish I had a chance to vote against him.

40 posted on 02/17/2012 10:40:55 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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