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Ethics panel to probe 2 Southland congresswomen


The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously today to investigate complaints against two Southern California congresswomen, Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson.

In a prepared statement, the committee said it was looking into whether Richardson had failed to list real estate, liabilites and income on her financial disclosure forms.

It also was investigating whether the Long Beach Democrat had received a "gift or preferential treatment" from Washington Mutual after her Sacramento house was sold at a foreclosure auction. The lender later returned the the two-story house to the congresswoman.

A four-member committee will investigate Waters' activities surrounding the National Bankers Assn. and OneUnited Bank, a company in which her husband owned stock and served on its board.

Massachusetts-based OneUnited Bank received $12 million in bailout funds three months after Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat and a senior member of the congressional committee that oversees banking, helped arrange a meeting between bank and other minority-owned financial institutions and Treasury Department representatives.

Waters’ husband, Sidney Williams, served on the bank board until early last year and held investments in the bank worth at least $350,000, according to the congresswoman’s financial disclosure report.

—Jeff Gottlieb

Photos: Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), left, and Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach).

Credit: Associated Press, left; Congress

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I urge congress to call in the LA US attorney, FBI, HUD OIG and LA District Attorney's Office to force them to disclose information they have had for 2 yrs where Rep Waters received "unique consideration" to sell out Jordan Downs. She requested and received "gifts" via non profit orgs and developers to grease the wheel for the crooked Jordan Downs development. She made sure EPA ignored he pollution surrounding Jordan downs. She along with rudy montiel, the mayor and SEIU and Acorn have received contributions via the developers who will kickback money to all. HACLA fired its CFO and internal investigators because this was suppose to come out...Unfortunately HUD OIG the US Attorney forced the LA District Attorney to drop it investigation. Maybe congress will try to recoup the multi million dollars of funds lost by HACLA.

two more criminal politicians who'll be forgiven because.

Maxine Waters has 52 "race cards" in her deck and plays them all!

Democrats in an ethics examination? That's an oxymoron!

Truth be told, more just plain moron in Maxine's case.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

They should both resign.

haha lolol
Of course it will be the white mans fault.

It doesn't matter whether the politician is a liberal or conservative, at the end, they are all the same trash. It is so sad.

It's about time these two were investigated. Maxine Waters is as crooked as they come. She tries to distract people by running her big mouth and blasting and condemning others. She is the model of a dishonest politician.

Yeah right, four member committee. This investigation will not go too far. Question: Yes or No, Kool-Aid Drinkers or not. Lord, help them if they were republicans the gallows will be erected already.

I guess better late than never... 'welcome to the party, pal!'

Why doesn't the Los Angeles Times do its due dilligence and initiate an in-depth investigative report into issues Congress acknowledges are serious allegations? The media has really downgraded its thoughful reporting and given way to sports, celebrity and other trivial news. That keeps its readers blind to what is really happening in Los Angeles. And keeps politicians feeling safe that they can get away from cheating the public.


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