The House ethics committee has formally charged California Democrat Maxine Waters with three counts of ethics wrongdoing, including charges that she accepted special favors for a family member.
The announcement of the charges opens the way for a trial this fall before eight members of the ethics committee - four Democrats and four Republicans.
Waters, a 10-term representative from Los Angeles who holds a senior position on the Financial Services Committee, has denied the charges. The committee denied her motion to dismiss the charges.
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