House ethics panel outlines charges against Waters

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks at a news conference in Washington, DC on February 12, 2009.  Waters has been charged with ethical violations.
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks at a news conference in Washington, DC on February 12, 2009. Waters has been charged with ethical violations. Alex Wong/Getty Images

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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