View Full Version : Maxine Waters: ‘Those Who Violate House Rules and Laws Should Suffer the Consequences

08-16-2010, 06:28 PM
By Don Irvine | August 16, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) took to the floor and gave a speech saying that anyone who breaks House rules and the laws of this country should suffer the consequences.

Bravo for Maxine! The only problem is that she gave this speech in 1994 and her target was then House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Now that she herself has been charged with violating rules she has decided that she is too important and powerful to pay the price for her indiscretions and gone on a media offensive to claim.

From the Washington Post

Three days after Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) defended himself on the House floor against ethics charges, another veteran legislator accused of breaking House rules, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), on Friday blasted the ethics committee and the press while denying she had “violated anything.”

After Waters’s speech, her chief of staff, Mikael Moore, painstakingly went through a series of e-mails and letters in a 50-page PowerPoint presentation to defend the congresswoman. Moore, 32, whose e-mails are at the center of the probe, is Waters’s grandson.

While Rangel’s speech was unorthodox, Waters’s performance went further. Most members of Congress, including Rangel, rarely discuss the details of their ethics controversies, deferring to attorneys. But in an unusual news conference in the Capitol that lasted more than an hour, Waters answered a series of questions about her alleged role in securing millions of dollars for a bank in which her husband was a major investor.

“I won’t go behind closed doors. I won’t cut a deal. I will continue to talk about the fact that I have not violated anything,” Waters said.

One of the slides read, “No benefit, no improper action, no failure to disclose, no one influenced, no case.”

Her performance didn’t win over her critics.

“The fact remains, Representative Waters abused her office for personal financial gain, and she must be held accountable for that,” said Melanie Crew, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “No PowerPoint presentation by her grandson or anyone else can change that reality.”

The House ethics committee report released Monday said Waters’s office improperly worked in September 2008 to press for aid to prevent the failure of Boston-based OneUnited Bank, which eventually stayed afloat with the help of money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program.

Waters’s husband, Sidney Williams, had served on the bank’s board. He owned stock in OneUnited that had declined in value from $350,000 in June 2008 to $175,000 two months later and would have been “worthless” without the bailout funds, according to the ethics committee.

Eventually, the language in the TARP bill, which Congress passed in October 2008, included a provision that would aid small, minority-owned banks such as OneUnited, and the bank received $12 million two months later.

Waters who didn’t find any problem when the ethics committee went after Gingrich in 1995 when the GOP was in control of Congress now is complaining that she is a victim of an ethics committee under the control of the Democrats. She must have been absent the day that Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” and run the most ethical Congress in history. Well Pelosi still has a chance to remove the seeds of doubt the engulf some of the members of her own party in Congress but instead of taking decisive action she has instead chosen to remain on the sidelines and yet still claims that she has kept her promise.

Here is the text and video of Waters from 1995.

“Well, it’s about time. Believe me, the American public does not appreciate double standards. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. No one should be so big, so important, so powerful that they can violate the rules of this House and the laws of this country without suffering the consequences. Newt may be Speaker however, he too must account for any and all wrongdoing. It’s about time let’s get on with the business of finding out who Newt Gingrich really is.”



08-16-2010, 09:44 PM
Another criminal getting her come uppenace.

Mike Honcho
08-17-2010, 11:31 AM

08-17-2010, 01:11 PM
and then some!