Ethics trial for Maxine Waters postponed

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Maxine Waters at a press conference on ethics charges, August 13, 2010

The House ethics trial of Los Angeles Democrat Maxine Waters has been postponed. The hearing was supposed to begin the Monday after Thanksgiving. New evidence has surfaced.

The news came in a cryptic message on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct website:

“The Committee voted to recommit the matter regarding Representative Maxine Waters … due to materials discovered that may have had an effect on the investigative subcommittee’s transmittal to the Committee.”

Waters is accused of using her political clout to help OneUnited, a bank in which her husband owned stock.

In a statement, Waters said the she was disappointed in the postponement – calling it “a complete disregard for due process and fairness.”

As to the new evidence, Waters said the Committee had the document since Oct. 29. She said it doesn’t “provide any new significant information” – but instead shows her office was working to ensure that the bank bailout assisted small and minority institutions, and not any one company.

The matter now goes back to the subcommittee investigating the charges.

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