The House Ethics Committee has cleared Maxine Waters of wrongdoing in a celebrated but thin case over whether she improperly set up a meeting between the Treasury Department and a troubled bank in which her husband had a stake. Her chief of staff (and grandson), Mikael Moore, still faces scrutiny. But Waters “went above and beyond what was required of her,” according to one Republican on the committee.
|By: David Dayen Friday November 19, 2010 4:45 pm|
Yesterday, Maxine Waters chaired the House Financial Services Committee hearing on foreclosure fraud, and very effectively called out both the regulators who have stood mute in the midst of this crisis, and the big bank servicers who have been actively harmful to their customers. A day later, her hearing with the House Ethics Committee was postponed indefinitely, due to the “discovery” of new documents in the case.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 15, 2010 5:15 pm|
I’m so old I can remember back to when Republicans were tarred with the “culture of corruption” label. I think it was back in 2006. Multiple members either resigned or were defeated after a spate of ethics violations involving sex and money. Four years later, many Republicans who were in office and lost their seats in the wave elections of 2006 and 2008 have returned in a favorable political environment to reclaim their positions. It was inevitable that at least one of them would be enmeshed in the same corruption and ethics scandals of the recent GOP past.
Charlie Bass, a former Congressman who lost his seat to Paul Hodes in 2006, is back to challenge for the open seat against progressive Ann McLane Kuster. Polls have shown the race close, but Bass is in position to return to Congress. There’s only one problem: he would almost immediately face the Ethics Committee.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 2, 2010 5:15 pm|
Basically, we have a he said/she said situation here in regards to Rep. Maxine Water’s ethics charges, though the evidence militates in favor of Waters. And it’s important to remember that the “he said” in this case is, among others, Porter Goss.
|By: David Dayen Sunday August 1, 2010 7:30 am|
You don’t have to carry a torch for Maxine Waters to know that her case is wholly different than the case of Charlie Rangel’s, and that they’re being placed together because of coincidental timing and skin color.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 29, 2010 11:35 am|
Charles Rangel, the longtime Congressman and former Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has reportedly cut a deal to avoid a trial before Congress on numerous ethical violations. The deal could be revealed at a House Ethics Committee meeting within the next hour.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 8, 2010 7:12 am|
Eric Massa hosted his weekly radio show on his last day as the Congressman and intimated that the Democratic Party pushed him out of his seat to pick up a vote on health care. He also detailed the charges against him and said he would perhaps rescind his resignation if the move to toss him from Congress became a “national story.”