Continuing her offensive against a committee that was scheduled to hold a hearing on ethics charges against her late last month only to have it postponed at the last minute, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Westchester) recently spoke out forcefully against the delay.
The congresswoman expressed her frustrations outside the U.S. House of Representatives Administration Committee room, where her ethics hearing was originally supposed to take place Nov. 29.
“As you know, my hearing was scheduled for this morning at 9 a.m., and I am here because I am, as I have always been, eager for my opportunity to have my day before the adjudicatory subcommittee,” Waters told reporters. “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.”
Waters, who overwhelmingly won her 11th term in Congress last month, stands accused of improperly intervening in steering federal money to the financial institution One United Bank, where her husband Sidney Williams had a financial interest.
“Ten days ago, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct canceled the hearing that was scheduled for (Nov. 29) and has not given me any indication on where or when the hearing will be rescheduled,” the congresswoman said. “The reason that was given by the committee, the discovery of so-called new evidence, is unacceptable and defies common logic. In fact, to call it a ‘reason’ is being too kind; it was nothing more than an excuse.
“The truth is, the detailed and continuous analysis of committee rules and precedent, and the plain facts of this case established by me and my legal team, reveal only one thing: no benefit, no improper action, no failure to disclose, no one influenced, no case.”
Waters said the delay in the hearing indicates that the committee’s case against her is not as strong as its members claim.
“All of this is to say that the Ethics Committee had ample time to prepare their case against me. As I stated just 10 days ago, I believe this cancellation demonstrates in no uncertain terms the weakness of their case against me,” she said.
The congresswoman demanded the committee to reschedule a hearing as soon as possible.
“Schedule my hearing before the end of the session or tell me, my constituents, and the American public the real reason for this delay,” she said. “There is no legal, rules-based or common sense reason to delay this hearing any longer.
“I want this issue resolved immediately, and I want my constituents to know that the person they re-elected with 80 percent of the vote on Nov. 2 is doing exactly what they sent her here to do: fight for them.”