Waters wants trial before fall election

Aug. 4, 2010 at 7:51 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., asked the ethics committee Wednesday for a speedy trial on allegations she broke House rules.

Waters, who turns 72 this month and has served nearly 20 years in Congress, asked the panel to release its official report on the allegations. In a letter to the committee Wednesday evening, Waters waived her right to have the official statement of allegations against her kept secret, the Washington publication Politico reported.

The statement contains the substance of the committee's investigation of Waters, including depositions and other evidence collected, Politico said.

Waters allegedly violated House ethics rules by arranging a meeting for executives of OneUnited Bank and the National Bankers Association with Treasury Department officials. Waters' husband, Sidney Williams, has strong ties to OneUnited.

Waters maintains she has done nothing wrong.

Politico said the top aide for the ethics committee did not immediately respond to its request for the charging documents.

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