The U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official conduct formally released three ethics violations against Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California Monday, days after Waters requested details about the charges be made public and a speedy trial.
In an Aug. 4 statement, Waters waived her right to keep the alleged violations and related documents confidential because “she wants the public to be fully informed about this matter.”
“In combination with the scheduling of the hearing, the release of the SAV will enable this process to take place in a timely manner and provide the transparency that the American public deserves,” Waters wrote in a letter to the committee. “I am confident that once the Subcommittee report is released and I am able to present my case, my constituents and all Americans will understand that I have not violated any House rules.”
Waters also wants the earliest date possible set for the hearing.
The trial will determine if Waters helped steer federal bailout money to a bank that her husband had investments in, an allegation that Waters has denied.
“I have not violated any House rules,” Waters said in a previous statement. “Therefore, I simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do and instead have chosen to respond to charges made by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in a public hearing.”