*Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) wants her public ethics trial held before the end of the year, the Hill reports.
At a press conference Monday held outside the committee room where the trial was supposed to have begun that morning, the California Democrat told reporters:
“I am here because I am disappointed that the committee has chosen not to hold my hearing. Since it has been canceled, I, like you, am looking for answers.”
She said she is being denied due process and that she deserves to have the charges against her “resolved immediately.”
Waters is accused of using her position as a senior member of the Financial Services Committee to arrange a meeting between Treasury Department officials and the National Bankers Association regarding OneUnited Bank.
At the time, Waters’ husband was a significant shareholder in the bank and had formerly served on its board of directors. OneUnited eventually received $12 million from the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.
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