The Corner

Waters Damage

The Ethics Committee has released a trove of documents pertaining to the Maxine Waters ethics case. I’ve tried to read through them with a fair mind. As I’ve written here, I think the real scandal is what she claims, in her defense, she was actually trying to do, which is help a bank that didn’t really deserve help just because it was minority-owned. And a lot of these congressional ethics cases are fairly nitpicky. But her defense seems pretty weak, given the way the ethics rules are written: She certainly didn’t take pains to avoid creating the impression that her actions and those of her staff were an official favor for a major donor with at least one eye toward saving her husband’s six-figure investment in the bank from becoming worthless.

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