Citing new evidence, the House Ethics Committee has cancelled the November 29th “trial” of Maxine Waters, sending the case back to the investigative subcommittee and prompting a stern rebuke from Congresswoman Waters:
A congressional panel, citing new evidence, on Friday said it had canceled an ethics trial set for November 29 for Maxine Waters, a top Democrat on the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.
The House ethics committee said it returned the case to its investigative subcommittee, placing in doubt if and when a new trial date would be set and drawing a sharp response from Waters.
“Today, 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,” Waters said in a prepared statement.
“The public expects those who judge to hold themselves to their own rules,” she said.
Sounds to me like someone thinks Maxine Waters needs to hedge her outspokenness at Congressional committee hearings, and wants her case kept active until the Congresswoman is brought to heel.
The hearing, hosted by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, came just days after another government panel warned that the same irregularities that caused banks to temporarily halt foreclosures earlier this year may be undermining the government’s mortgage modification program.
That program, known as the Home Affordable Modification Program, is part of TARP.
Waters — who chairs the subcommittee and is facing her own TARP-related scandal — had harsh words for a panel that included officals from the Treasury Department, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, among others.
I am intrigued that this is framed as a ‘cancellation’ by Reuters even though the referral back to the investigative subcommittee would seem to indicate merely a postponement.
Waters, of California, was charged by a House ethics panel in August with three counts of breaking the chamber’s rules for helping a bank where her husband has an investment.
She has denied any wrongdoing and won an 11th term in the House in the November 2 congressional elections.
And — did these Ethics Committee actions begin to be called “trial” by Legacy Media just as African-American Democrats started getting hauled in front of them? I don’t recall that word being used for committee hearings in the past.