Waters won't be charged in ethics case

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Maxine Waters, US Representative of California

Maxine Waters, US Representative of California (AP photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters will not be charged with ethics violations. At a meeting Friday, House Ethics Committee members said they have not found any violations.

Waters is a senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee who fought allegations that she tried to steer a U.S. financial bailout to a bank where her husband is an investor.

The committee, however, said Waters’ chief of staff, Mikael Moore, did take actions in Congress in an attempt to help the bank and violated standards of conduct. Moore likely will receive a letter admonishing him for his conduct.

Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte,  who is acting chairman of the panel, announced the tentative findings at a hearing but noted the committee has not issued a final report.

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