Ethics Delays Waters Trial

Posted November 19, 2010 at 1:28pm

The House ethics committee announced Friday it will postpone the ethics trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), citing a need to review additional evidence in the case.

“The Committee voted to recommit the matter regarding Representative Maxine Waters to the investigative subcommittee due to materials discovered that may have had an effect on the investigative subcommittee’s transmittal to the Committee,” ethics Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and ranking Member Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) said in a statement.

The ethics committee had been scheduled to hold an adjudicatory hearing in the case Nov. 29. A new date was not immediately set.

An ethics investigative subcommittee charged the California Democrat in August with violating the chamber’s rules over allegations that her chief of staff, Mikael Moore, tried to secure federal support for a bank in which Waters and her husband held hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock. Waters has disputed allegations of wrongdoing by her office.