L.A. Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Face Ethics Trial
She'll be the second Democrat to face such a trial this fall. A representative for portions of central, south and west L.A., including some smaller surrounding cities, Congressmember Maxine Waters will be defending herself against accusations that she violated ethics rules back in 2008.
During that year she organized a meeting between Treasury officials and OneUnited Bank executives, where her husband was a board member at one point -- also where he had large investments. Waters argues that she was representing the National Bankers Association as a whole, not OneUnited, which is a member of the national organization.
Some believe this is a threat to the Democrat party during a tense election year. Waters has served 10 times. Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York is also facing ethics charges.