Congresswoman Maxine WatersWashington, D.C. – In response to the House Ethics Committee’s release of the charges against Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Melanie Sloan released the following statement:

“The facts released today make it increasingly clear that Congresswoman Waters abused her office and she must be held accountable for her actions. The Statement of Alleged Violation released by the House Ethics Committee confirms the congresswoman intervened on behalf of OneUnited Bank despite the fact that she knew her actions constituted a conflict of interest.

In addition, the fact that Rep. Waters’ grandson was the person handling this matter on her behalf makes the matter worse. Congress has anti-nepotism rules, which sadly don’t rule out members from hiring their grandchildren. Perhaps, however, someone not related to Rep. Waters would have stood up to her and prevented her office from taking action to protect her husband’s investment.”

Click here to read the House Ethics Committee’s statement of alleged violation against Rep. Waters.

In January 2008, CREW wrote to the Committee on House Administration requesting that grandchildren be added to the list of relatives members of Congress are prohibited from employing. Click here to read that letter.