Skip to comments.Ethics panel says Rep. Maxine Waters (D) broke House rules
Posted on 08/02/2010 12:25:51 PM PDT by Bokababe
WASHINGTON -- A House investigative panel has charged California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters with violating ethics rules.
Waters, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, would face a trial in the fall unless she negotiates a settlement.
If the case goes to trial, Democrats would have the political headache of two ethics trials - one for Waters and another for Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. ....
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
“Rangel, Waters, — this is clearly a case of racism!/s”
You may put a sarcasm tag, but we’ve seen this movie before. The Dems and their lap dogs in the media will portray the Democrat’s lack of ethics as alternately: Republican racism, or Republican attack machine powered by the racist tea party.
It’s criminality squared.
Translation: she got caught
House rule #1 - Don’t get caught.
Ethics committee recommends harsh censure.
Waters decries racism.
Is let off in the end.
And she gets re-elected this fall.
Thus is life in Obamaland....
Actually, I think the Congressional Black Caucus has a right to be upset at their party. Why Rangel and Waters, and not Dodd and Conrad?
“...The Senate Ethics Committee has already investigated whether “VIP” Countrywide loans given to Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) violated ethics rules; both senators were cleared of any rule violations...”
Above article here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20010678-503544.html
But House officials confirmed that the case involved communications Ms. Waters had in fall 2008 with federal officials that at least indirectly touched on the fate of OneUnited, a Boston-based bank with branches in Massachusetts, Florida and California. At the time of Ms. Waterss phone calls, her husband, Sidney Williams, had recently resigned as a board member of OneUnited but still owned stock in it. OneUnited, like many banks at the time, was in a desperate position after losing $50 million worth of stock it had held in the housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, following their federal takeover.
Ms. Waterss lawyers have argued that her appeals to the Treasury Department were on behalf of the National Bankers Association, a decades-old industry group that represents dozens of banks owned by minorities and women. The associations membership includes OneUnited, and the banks top executive, Robert P. Cooper, was then the chairman-elect of the group. (Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
ANALYSIS----CONG WATERS' HUSBAND HAS TIES TO BANK THAT RECEIVED FEDERAL BAILOUT FUNDS. Authorities need to determine whether Mr Waters colluded to engage in money-laundering activities which may have involved (1) violating state and federal RICO statutes; (2) securities fraud, (3) mail fraud (4) electronic fraud, (5) corporate theft (6) failing to report wrongdoing (7) breach of fiduciary duty (8) running a non-profit as an illegal racketeering enterprise, (9) accounting fraud, (10) using and creating slush funds.
ACTION NEEDED An external audit might uncover millions missing through government fraud.
Investigators might find that charges could be filed, into embezzlement schemes. Prosecutors might use RICO as a lever to pry open the massive cover-up of government corruption that is available through discovery within the named entities. The RICO device might refresh the memories of recalcitrant wrongdoers, and might expose primary evidence.
L/E might prosecute individuals along with their co-conspirators, and subsets of them, on RICO charges, on grounds that they conspired to keep taxpayers from learning of the scope and dimension of government fraud, and schemes designed to cheat taxpayers.
Phony official financial reports may have hidden theft; bank accountants and bookkeepers may have been employed in order to keep thievery secret.
Taxpayers demand to know if the Waters' received money from banks and other financial institutions in the form of loans, bonuses, equity positions in business entities doing business with the bank. Investigations may find that others signed off on paperwork and financial forms prepared or verified as true by the Waters.
Did the Waters file false bank loan applications to take equity positions in companies doing business with his bank, then conspire to payoff the bank loans by rigging and inflating bids for government contracts, then paid off bank loans when the tax monies rolled in?
In raids of the suspects' homes and offices, law enforcement might find evidence of the financial trail that linked government fraud and monies to personal payments for cars, trips, luxury items.
The FBI should interrogate the Waters to determine if the bank received anything else of value ---such as political cover, and whether collusion to misuse Congessional influence was involved.
FBI TIP PAGE http://tips.fbi.gov/ (you may remain anonymous)
POSSIBLE CHARGES FACED BY CONG WATERS Official acts prohibited, misuse of Congressional funds, abuse of public office, violating oath of office, misuse of government position, abuse of government power; conflict of interest; influence buying; conspiracy to deceive; misuse of elective office, collusion, conspiracy to collude.
Waters' official campaign finance records filed with the FEC, and state election commission, should be scrutinized for possible violations. Determine if names of Waters' contributors are legit and whether Waters illegally used campaign funds, and/or whether Waters received campaign contributions to influence Congressional votes.
Waters may have colluded to give something of value, a govt gratuity, a job, etc, in exchange for getting govt monies to her husband.
Exactly and I will bet you a dollar both get censured
AKA= they tell us they slap their wrists and MAYBE a public hearing with cameras and call them to the carpet but it means nothing. It will go on their ‘records’ whoppie flip,and dumbass progressive communistic democRATS will still re elect them.
Jefferson, Conyers, Barry....Definately racists /sarc
Maxine Waters: Damn! My race card has always trumpted the truth before. Who changed the rules???
Expect John Conyers/Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton to make a speech soon calling this a ‘far right’ witch hunt.
tut tut tut..... if you are black, not the back of the bus, under the bus!!
John Conyers was heard to say “there but the grace of God and my sacrificed wife go I”
So far very few get what this is REALLY about.
Obama wants both Maxine and Rangel gone. Why? ASK YOURSELF!!!!
Its because they will not relinquish control of their constituencies for the Obama radical agenda.They want to keep and preserve their carefully constructed systems of black patronage in their constituencies.They are entrenched. Obama wants these constituencies radicalized the way Chicago is, he wants them to rise up against the white establishment, he wants fire brands to take their places. So far the purge of moderate democrats who want the old system left in tact has gone on quietly,many refusing to re offer for election in November.These two will NOT go quietly.
And they are fighting the evolution of fascism to preserve their carefully built hand out systems and pay offs.Harry Reid is as bad as either Rangel or Waters, yet he goes along with the Obama plan.Maxine and Rangel do not.They have become problems, because Obama wants something that they are willing to prevent at all costs, the totalitarian evolution of the Obama plan inside their constituencies at the destruction of their own native political systems.
They are giving Obama gas. And I like it. I hope they both fight Obama fascism tooth and nail.Eventually he be gettin’ around to you and me.Maybe if we pay attention, we will learn a thing or two about how to fight Obama when he comes for us.
And Obama is a fascist. No doubt about that. No doubt at all:
For Waters, this would be a resume enhancement to her constituents.
I bet they never dreamed that with Obama in office, that they would face charges. I bet Maxine is another sop to the mob.
I still say they are being sacrificed to satisfy the rage of the citizenry. To distract them from going after Obama.
Bingo. She'll play it as, "I was watching out for the little people."
“The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny over allegations of ethical or criminal wrongdoing than their white colleagues.”
The media protects Obama. He doesn’t need a sacrifice. These two are not going along with the Obama radicalization of their black constituencies, and Obama means to be rid of them.
One by one they are eliminating the ‘useful idiots’. NEXT!!
Shocked, I tell you...just shocked.
I won’t be shocked, however, if they just let it slide and nothing happens to this evil wench.
One has to wonder why it is happening now?
An attempt by the House to make themselves look good..fighting corruption.
An attempt by the accused to beat the rap of worse punishment that would be demanded if the GOP ran the House, a likely scenario next year.
I like my speculaton about the latter best.
It’s to the public, not to the media.
Tell me you're joking....
Unless something we don't know about surfaces, he can claim he acted legitimately for a local bank, since he wasn't married to Maxine's husband.
Not joking, but of course you may not appreciate the intricacies involved in purges between radical factions. For you they may all the same?However A saavy man would exploit this crack and drive in a wedge. Why not cheer for Rangel and Waters. All the more power to them in this fight to preserve their patronage systems against the Obama radical agenda.
And when all is said and done, if Obama is successful at justifying radical voting riots (and yes he did help create Kenyas in 2007 which resulted in genocide), he will have the perfect excuse to justify redrawing voting districts according to racial and ethnic concentrations gathered in his white house run census.
If one thinks like a fascist, then Obama’s plans are very apparent. The various factors fall into place.
You may be on to something, but I can't see it.
Ever heard Maxine Waters speak? She sounds like she's Obama's twisted political sister to me.
I cheer on Rangel and Dipstick to fight it all the way. It’ll wreak havoc on the left. Especially that radical black caucus. But I don’t believe that they are against Obama’s radical agenda. They don’t think it’s radical enough.
Good Lord, you’re about to get me pulling for Rangel and Waters.
Not a real pull, just a little judicious shiving!
I have heard Waters and Rangel speak, they talk the talk, but the fact is they have spent all their years setting up systems of political patronage focused on themsleves and their individual feifdoms. Obama wants them gone because he cannot get his radical agenda accomplished with them in the way in two of the most important Afro American boroughs in the country.Obama wants Chicago, Atlanta, LA , Harlem,Ne orleans all in flames if they lose an election.Thats what he did in Kenya, no kidding, he has already played this game in fact.
The charges .. 3 of them.
AP sources: 3 charges filed against Rep. Waters
Persons familiar with the case said Waters is accused of violating:
a rule that House members may not exert improper influence that results in a personal benefit;
also, the government employees ethics code, which prohibits granting or accepting special favors for the employee or family members that could be viewed as influencing official actions;
and a rule that member conduct must reflect creditably on the House.
I want them to fight Obama, the ethics committee and win, because it splits the Black Caucus in two, away from the Obama agenda, which would re-ignite racism on a national scale. At least if the two win, the dynamic will be contained within thier little Afro-American feifdoms.
Oh, my, would I love to see that hag dragged over the coals!
I’m not sure I agree with you. Charlie and Maxine are two of the biggest leftists in congress.
I agree. Bbut obama is far to their left, and he will brook no opposition.I hope they fight Obama and win.This would split the Black Caucus, and cause a mini rebellion.
You will know when Obama is losing the fight if you hear calls for unity or solidarity coming from him to the Black Caucus.
The Obama pimp game does not work on his fellow pimps.
Yep, their constituents will march to the polls in lockstep to vote against Whitey who's out to railroad their role models, Charley the Luna and Slapsy Maxie Waters.
I agree with you about hoping they fight Obama.
Oh okay. I see what you mean. Yes, they are king and queen and are entrenched in their districts too. They’d never be voted out though.
You are right about that. If they are censured for ethics violations they will run as independents and get elected again, IMHO.If there is no felony record, they will take their seats. Thats why the Fascist in Chief will get violent on them, and soon.Thats a prediction.
Thanks Candor7, I was a little slow on the uptake, but I do think that you are right.
It would be a hell of thing though if the first African-American president of the US was to be the one to divide and splinter the Congressional Black Caucus.
Anyone know the composition & names of members of the House Ethics Committee?
Jo Bonner, Alabama, Ranking Member
Michael McCaul, Texas
Mike Conaway, Texas
Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania
Gregg Harper, Mississippi
I just looked them all up. Apparently, McCaul has a corruption prosecution background. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40265.html#ixzz0uzHHnfY1
I wonder if the Partisan divide/balance is going to matter if someone is going to call attention to the race issue, given the entire committee is White and they just charged 2 Black members of the House. Seems to me that they need to charge at least one more Rep — a White one — and they certainly have more than enough equally deserving ones to choose from!
I think Barny Franks is involved with the Waters case, would that do?
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