The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct has cancelled a hearing that was set for Monday, Nov. 29 pertaining to ethics charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Westchester).
The congresswoman, who was reelected Nov. 2 with nearly 80 percent of the vote, said she was discouraged by the committee’s decision to postpone the hearing.
“I am disappointed that the committee is once again postponing my hearing and showing a complete disregard for due process and fairness,” Waters said in a statement. “For over a year, I have cooperated with the investigation and I have consistently asked for a public hearing on this matter.
“I remain eager to present my case and demonstrate to my constituents and all Americans that I have not violated any House rules.”
Waters, who has denied any wrongdoing in the House investigation into her alleged role regarding steering federal dollars to One United Bank, where her husband had a financial interest, said the postponement is evidence that the ethics case against her is weak.
“The committee’s decision to cancel the hearing and put it off indefinitely demonstrates that the committee does not have a strong case and would not be able to prove any violation has occurred,” she said. “The committee is suggesting it needs more time to review newly discovered evidence that it claims may be material to its case. In fact, the committee has had this ‘new’ document since Oct. 29, and it does not provide any new significant information.
“In fact, the document shows that my office was working to ensure that Emergency Economic Stabilization Act assisted small and minority institutions,” Waters added. “The document does not reflect any action on behalf of any specific company. The committee has brought discredit upon itself and this institution by denying me, and more importantly my constituents, the right to set the record straight.”
She continued, “Apparently the committee now recognizes, as I have maintained, that there was no benefit, no improper action, no failure to disclose, no one influenced, and there is no case.”