Report: Waters to be cleared in ethics probe

posted at 10:01 am on September 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s taken three years and a couple of false starts, but the House Ethics Committee will finally close the books on Maxine Waters.  The California Democrat came under fire for allegedly influencing the federal government to favor a bank in which her husband owned a significant stake, and who came within days of having an ethics trial two years ago.  Roll Call now says that Waters will get let off the hook, but that her chief of staff — who is also Waters’ grandson — will end up on the hook instead:

Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday is expected to be cleared of charges in a Congressional ethics investigation that has spanned three years. …

According to a source familiar with the situation, however, Waters’ staff would not be entirely off the hook: Her chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, is likely to be held accountable for breaching House codes of conduct.

The source told Roll Call that when the House Ethics Committee meets in a rare public hearing at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Moore will likely be held accountable for seeking to leverage Waters’ influence as a member of the Financial Services panel to aid OneUnited Bank, in which Waters’ husband has a stake.

This goes back a few years, so some of the details may be fuzzy.  Let me refresh your memories with this from the WSJ in March 2009:

Ms. Waters and her husband have both held financial stakes in the bank. Until recently, her husband was a director. At the same time, Ms. Waters has publicly boosted OneUnited’s executives and criticized its government regulators during congressional hearings. Last fall, she helped secure the bank a meeting with Treasury officials.

Her involvement isn’t new. Ms. Waters has detailed her financial ties in a series of federal disclosure forms and has been vocal in public in support of the bank. Those ties, however, have received little public attention. Nor is it well known how the influential lawmaker has over the years acted to support the bank and its executives.

Such potential conflicts of interest are more serious as the banking system’s crisis has led the government to take an increasingly active role in overseeing financial institutions, including OneUnited. The financial-services committee on which Ms. Waters sits oversees banking issues, and the lawmaker is a potential future chairman.

And from the LA Times in the same week:

Rep. Maxine Waters, one of Los Angeles’ most enduring liberal politicians, has come under scrutiny because of bailout funds that went to a bank in which her husband had owned stock and served on the board.

Waters was a senior member of the congressional committee dealing with the financial crisis when OneUnited Bank — one of the nation’s largest minority-owned institutions — received $12 million in bailout funds.

Her husband, Sidney Williams, served on the bank board until early last year and held at least $500,000 in investments in the bank in 2007, the most recent year for which public financial disclosure statements are available.

A month before Congress enacted the bailout program, Waters helped set up a meeting between the chief executive of the bank, representatives of other financial institutions and Treasury officials.

“When a member of the financial services committee calls, you pay special attention,” said Jeb Mason, who was a high-ranking Treasury official last fall.

Two years ago almost to the day, the Washington Post said it was even worse than first reported:

From the moment Boston-based OneUnited Bank began seeking a federal bailout in the summer of 2008, it received special treatment that went beyond what the Treasury Department or the bank and its political supporters have previously disclosed.

Congress adjusted the law and regulators broke with customary practices, despite an explicit internal warning that the bank was in financial trouble. Among other exceptions, the bank was allowed to count as part of its capital $12 million in federal bailout money – before the aid arrived.

OneUnited was the only bank to receive all of these considerations among the 707 recipients of money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program, according to documents and interviews.

Are we to believe that the grandson of the woman on the committee was responsible for all of that preferential treatment?  Really?

Here’s the truly awesome news from Roll Call this morning:

The verdict would clear the way for the California Democrat to pursue the title of top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee as ranking member Barney Frank (D-Mass.) prepares to retire at the end of this Congress.

The culture of corruption continues apace.  It’s yet another good reason to ensure that Democrats don’t take control of the House — because they’d make Waters the chair of that committee.


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Not mentally capable to stand trial ??

FlaMurph on September 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I’m guessing grandma is getting one less gift at Christmas this year.

tdpwells on September 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

What else did you expect from that crooked, dirtbag operation?

rplat on September 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Deeper down the rabbit hole we go.

petefrt on September 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM

A democrat was cleared of ethics charges? Even more shocking, I saw a couple fat guys at the all-you-can-eat buffet.

perroviejo on September 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

As staff, I can’t see what kind of penalty the grandson will face. A fine, maybe? But I’m sure if he takes the fall, he’ll be paid handsomely for it.

Liam on September 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Report: Waters to be cleared in ethics probe

Of course she will…

Making her grandson take the fall?

They have no problem spending our children’s future, so why not?

BigGator5 on September 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

You know what’s interesting about Democrats? They’re never responsible for anything. Planned parenting, ethics, failed security measures and ROE, the economy, middle east peace, headwinds, self-evidence, rogue movie trailers…

Charmed lives, these folks.

BKeyser on September 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

“Yes, our probe has determined that she is completely free and clear of any ethics.”

Fabozz on September 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Let’s inaugurate an annual Maxine Waters award for most outrageous theft from the taxpayers, a Charlie Rangel award for tax dishonesty, a Nancy Pelosi award for stupidity in action, an “Illinois” award for general dishonesty in politics and. “Moonbeam” award for That Democrat most out of touch with fiscal reality.

MTF on September 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Interesting phenomenon: Waters cleared; waters get muddier.

Bat Chain Puller on September 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Curious how all of these DC internal investigations always manage to find some dupe who is responsible, it’s almost as if the investigators aren’t serious or something. Nahhh, that can’t be it.

Another dumbshiite stays in power, a retard you wouldn’t trust to sweep your garage floor will continue enacting legislation over the rest of us.

Bishop on September 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The verdict would clear the way for the California Democrat to pursue the title of top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee as ranking member Barney Frank (D-Mass.) prepares to retire at the end of this Congress.

According to a source familiar with the situation, however, Waters’ staff would not be entirely off the hook: Her chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, is likely to be held accountable for breaching House codes of conduct.
The source told Roll Call that when the House Ethics Committee meets in a rare public hearing at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Moore will likely be held accountable for seeking to leverage Waters’ influence as a member of the Financial Services panel to aid OneUnited Bank, in which Waters’ husband has a stake.

…can’t wait to hear the “punishment”!…something will be delayed and delayed until it goes away…or someone will be working elsewhere “for the gobberment”????

KOOLAID2 on September 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The Ghost of Claude Rains says good morning from New Hampshire.

Del Dolemonte on September 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

So, who investigates the House Ethics Committee?

LoganSix on September 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Whatever happened to leadership? I always thought that the leader was responsible for what happened during their watch. How convenient that she got others to take the fall for her. And this witch is gonna shout it to the mountaintops about how she was wronged and look how she came out smelling like a rose. But she’ll always be Swamp Queen Maxine to me.

stukinIL4now on September 21, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Not mentally capable to stand trial ??

FlaMurph on September 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

They reviewed her floor speeches and her voting record and declared her insane.

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 10:14 AM

John Boehner to take to the floor of the House and spend 30 minutes telling us what a treasure Waters is to the USA.

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Step 1. Shout from the highest mountain – Halleluja ! A witch hunt all along.

Step 2. Get on state run DNC media and accuse Reps of racism, warring on Womens, and tell the world Reps are just mean spirited people who can’t handle the power and authority of a successful Black woman. (who could still win her district even if she had been convicted of an Ethics charge)

Step 3. Repeat and rinse.

FlaMurph on September 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Waters is so ugly I bet she has to sneak up on a glass of water.

logicman_1998 on September 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

the House Ethics Committee will finally close the books on Maxine Waters

Republicans:

Michael McCaul, Texas
Mike Conaway, Texas
Charles Dent, Pennsylvania
Gregg Harper, Mississippi

Welcome to the RINO Hall of Fame. The woman’s an outright crook and you assclowns give her a pass. Pathetic cowards.

fogw on September 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

In the free market (or, rather, the “real world”) — vs. the Democrat-political org. — the APPEARANCE of impropriety is enough to sink a reputation.

In the Democrat-political org, from which Waters loiters, the appearance of impropriety is a cause to be applauded. We’ve seen this applause response by a crooked, uh, by a Democrat Congress time and time again: applause for the Democrat “cleared of ethical charges,” while, the voters never do get the story as to what was investigated and how and especially as to who and what “cleared” the Democrat.

Asking how these people get elected and then stay in office is the asking for their “ethics” to be identified, and that’s what never occurs.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

They concluded she’s just too damn sexy to be guilty.

http://www.ihatethemedia.com/maxine-waters-named-one-of-the-most-beautiful-people-in-washington-dc

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

*facepalm*

workingclass artist on September 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Asking how these people get elected and then stay in office is the asking for their “ethics” to be identified, and that’s what never occurs.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Asking how these people get elected and then stay in office is the asking for their “ethics” to be identified, and that’s what never occurs.

As to Waters’, she’s mired in financial funneling of race-based taxpayer money or otherwise, “redirection” of other people’s money. Not finding ethics violations in her actions over the history of her seat in Congress is like saying she’s a pristine little flower floating along on a unicorn’s nose.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

They concluded she’s just too damn sexy to be guilty.

http://www.ihatethemedia.com/maxine-waters-named-one-of-the-most-beautiful-people-in-washington-dc

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Wondering what Waters looks like without her wigs and all those false teeth….

:Pause:

No, I really don’t want to see that.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Waters is so ugly I bet she has to sneak up on a glass of water.

logicman_1998 on September 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

LOL.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

These Rep bozo’s in the House couldn’t have delayed the outcome of this damn thing until AFTER the election ?

Nobody in DC is doing crap during these days before the election….
but these brainiacs felt the need to “get this done” before the election?

Stupid.

FlaMurph on September 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Meanwhile, onto serious stuff: Waters is huddling with Pelosi, planning their “amendment to the Constitution” “on the first day” of their imagined Democrat majority of the House. Riiiight, amend the Constitution by the wave of their decrepit, grimy fingers, just like that: amended!

Crazy people. Waters (and certainly Pelosi) are them.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

The House Ethics Committee had no choice but to clear her.How much dirt does she have of their ethics?

docflash on September 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Grandson? How did he get the job?

Mimzey on September 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Time to discuss the Democrat Women’s War on America. And other women.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The House Ethics Committee had no choice but to clear her.How much dirt does she have of their ethics?

docflash on September 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

This is exactly what I thought.

Bitter Clinger on September 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Her chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, is likely to be held accountable for breaching House codes of conduct.

I would take a bullet for any one of my grandsons, literally, but heh, he’s just collateral damage, right Maxine?

Just when I think these people can’t sink any lower – they do.

Flora Duh on September 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

BUT, BUT… BUT…BAIN!

/

M240H on September 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This sickens me…..who are these republicans and democrats who
let her off the hook? What do they have in their “portfolio”
that they can be bought off or threatened with?

Amjean on September 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Report: Waters to be cleared in ethics probe

Well knock me over with a feather… I bet she gets some plum committee seats now too.

Why oh look at that the Financial Services Committee needs a new leader! Who better to do the job!

MAN we are one lucky group of people aren’t we!

-_-

Gatsu on September 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

What a cesspool Our Nation’s Congress has become….

Polarbearpapa on September 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM

She threw her Grandson to the wolves to protect her own skin.
No one should EVER listen to her again.
She is a MONSTER.

Jabberwock on September 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Not mentally capable to stand trial ??

In that case, no dem pol could ever stand trial.

hawkeye54 on September 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

“When a member of the financial services committee calls, you pay special attention,” said Jeb Mason, who was a high-ranking Treasury official last fall.

Why? Don’t these folks have specific mandates covered by law? They shouldn’t jump when anyone calls. She can’t even claim that she is working for a constituent since the bank in based in Boston. This is the kind of thing that makes me dislike and distrust both sides. You know that this is some kind of grand compromise. Maybe she won’t get Barney’s old position on Financial Services Committee but if she does I bet it is with strings attached. The problem with with compromising with the Left, they seldom stick with their end of the bargain and the Right can’t do anything about.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

DISGUSTING FOUL

CiLH1 on September 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The beat goes on… the beat goes on…

Apologies to Mary BONO Mack…

Khun Joe on September 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

…I looked up oxymoron in the dictionary…

An oxymoron (plural oxymora or oxymorons) (from Greek ὀξύμωρον, “sharp dull”) is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms. Oxymora appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as ground pilot and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal a paradox

…here was the lone description available…

the House Ethics Committee

KOOLAID2 on September 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

These Rep bozo’s in the House couldn’t havedelayed the outcome of this damn thing until AFTER the election ?

Nobody in DC is doing crap during these days before the election…. but these brainiacs felt the need to “get this done” before the election?

Stupid.

FlaMurph on September 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

If I was Mitt, I’d be running an ad recounting this tale right up.to the point of libel and asking the public at the end if they’d like a president with an actual history of reforming corrupt business practices.

Won’t happen, but a voter can dream, can’t he?

M240H on September 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I would take a bullet for any one of my grandsons, literally, but heh, he’s just collateral damage, right Maxine?

Not to worry, goin’ down for his granny will be a badge of honor and a plus on his resume when he’s welcomed back into the party family.

He’s got a very good future ahead of him in his party.

hawkeye54 on September 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Maxine must have some real good pictures on the members of the ethics commitee. Anyone wondering why we’re in the mess we’re in? When the electorate keeps electing corrupt, socialist fools like Waters, we get the results they asked for. Maxine is just an example. Look at Barbara Boxer, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Alcee Hastings, and John Conyers – all cut from the same entitlement mentality.

iamsaved on September 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Nothing illustrates moral bankruptcy better than allowing your grandson to take the fall for your own lack of ethics.

But then, we’re talking about Democrats here, so it’s just another day.

Mitoch55 on September 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

When was the last time a Democrat actually had to bear responsibility for wrongdoing? I don’t mean having to step up to a microphone and say, “I accept responsibility,” after which nothing happens. I mean actually being HELD responsible.

The Rogue Tomato on September 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

And the Republicans are going to let this go through? Pathetic.

We are so screwed.

Ward Cleaver on September 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Rosa got a seat on the bus while Maxine throws Mikael under one.

theblacksheepwasright on September 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Maxine here is throwing her own grandson to the wolves to save her hide?

Yup. She’s a Democrat all right…

Fuzzlenutter on September 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Rep. Maxine Waters is a perfect example of why, when it comes to politicians, I keep thinking the only cure to our situation involves… Stout Hemp Rope, Streetlamps, and some assembly required.

SWalker on September 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

This is a deep disgrace and black mark upon congress. The latest one of many.

dogsoldier on September 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Drain the damned swamp already…

LtGenRob on September 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

When was the last time a Democrat actually had to bear responsibility for wrongdoing? I don’t mean having to step up to a microphone and say, “I accept responsibility,” after which nothing happens. I mean actually being HELD responsible.

The Rogue Tomato on September 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Well, let’s see. I’m 51, and, well to tell you the truth, I do not believe it has happened during my lifetime.

SWalker on September 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Just goes to show you what a bunch of dirt bags demoRats are if you throw your grandchild under the bus to save your own sorry, saggy butt, (sorry for the visual!)

jistincase on September 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I must be having reading with comprehension problems, what is going to happen to this “on the hook” grandson?

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

SSDD

But, for consolation, a good occasion for this little gem.

somewhatconcerned on September 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

When was the last time a Democrat actually had to bear responsibility for wrongdoing? I don’t mean having to step up to a microphone and say, “I accept responsibility,” after which nothing happens. I mean actually being HELD responsible.

The Rogue Tomato on September 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I believe it was the last time the sun didn’t rise in the morning.

fogw on September 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Yeah, good ol’ Maxie.

“Franklin Raines is doing an OUTSTANDING job at Fannie Mae!”

She and Frank should be in a federal prison. But she’ll get re-elected. As the saying goes, “She may be a crook, but she’s OUR crook!”

GarandFan on September 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Gee sounds like they are using the same game that Ron Brown used with his son……………

IlonaE on September 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

They drained the swamp and found this creature

Creature from the DemonCrap Lagoon

LtGenRob on September 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Welcome to the RINO Hall of Fame. The woman’s an outright crook and you assclowns give her a pass. Pathetic cowards.

fogw on September 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Thanks for looking up the list. They are also apparently fairly clueless politicians with a poor sense of timing. As somebody else said, why clear her before the election? Why not wait, leave that cloud hanging over her? Although I suspect she could be video taped stomping on kittens on the Capitol steps and the voters in her district would still re-elect her. Face it, there is only one reason she was elected from her district — BHO isn’t the first AA candidate elected.

If you took Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Nancy Pelosi, and Hank Johnson, added up their IQ’s, you still wouldn’t break triple digits.

AZfederalist on September 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Cry havoc.

juanito on September 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

House Ehtics Committee? What a joke. The corrupt investigating the corrupt.

lea on September 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Term limits…?

d1carter on September 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

This is a deep disgrace and black mark upon congress. The latest one of many.

dogsoldier on September 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

RAAAAACCCCCIIIIISSSSSTTTTTT!!!!!ELEVENTY111111

LtGenRob on September 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

She’s black, and that’s why she is immune to prosecution.

slickwillie2001 on September 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The verdict would clear the way for the California Democrat to pursue the title of top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee

The RNC should run a nationally broadcast ad explaining exactly this and it could change a few votes in every congressional race and mean a few more Republican victories in tight races.

Buddahpundit on September 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Why aren’t their ethics rules which prohibit being on committees when you own an equity interest in a relevant interest?

It’s a shame she’ll be ranking member of the committee that oversees monetary policy when she doesn’t even know what the federal funds rate is.

blammm on September 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

When was the last time a Democrat actually had to bear responsibility for wrongdoing? I don’t mean having to step up to a microphone and say, “I accept responsibility,” after which nothing happens. I mean actually being HELD responsible.

The Rogue Tomato on September 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

There have been a few, but it has to be really egregious or a democrat who steps off the democrat reservation. Rod Blegoyovich (sp?) and his predecessors as governors, but they always get replaced by somebody just as bad. Frank Toricelli was the last corrupt one from the Senate who went to jail, but the charges against him were so bad and the evidence so damning the democrats and media (but I repeat myself) just couldn’t paper it over. Even then, they had to break New Jersey law to get Lautenberg on the ballot because Toricelli resigned after the filing deadline. Then there was the democrat Jim Traficant who went to jail, but he was a conservative democrat so that doesn’t really count.

AZfederalist on September 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The idiots always win.-Grandpa

Wood Dragon on September 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

If da glove don’t fit, ya can’t convict!

CorporatePiggy on September 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

The RNC should run a nationally broadcast ad explaining exactly this and it could change a few votes in every congressional race and mean a few more Republican victories in tight races.

Buddahpundit on September 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Sure. And they can explain in the same broadcast why John Robert’s vote on Obamacare was a good thing for Republicans.

The Republican party is a circular firing squad. If they did their job they wouldn’t have to explain anything.

fogw on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Black, Female and Democrat. With 3 of the top get-out-of-jail free cards, did anyone really think she would be found responsible for anything?

Alabama Infidel on September 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

At least this will be good for the war with Eastasia.

connertown on September 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So, a Plundercrat gets cleared of wrongdoing by a panel of Plundercrats. This is news?

Judgment Day is going to be mighty interesting, to say the least!

Gordy on September 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

At least this will be good for the war with Eastasia Eurasia.

Sorry about that, comrades.
Don’t Room 101 me, bro.

connertown on September 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

When was the last time a Democrat actually had to bear responsibility for wrongdoing? I don’t mean having to step up to a microphone and say, “I accept responsibility,” after which nothing happens. I mean actually being HELD responsible.

The Rogue Tomato on September 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Answer: The last time hell froze over.

Gordy on September 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

fogw on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Collusion.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

As I remember it, she got the first legal team fired after they came to the conclusion the charges were criminal, not mere ethics violations. This was another example of corruption by black congresspeople is tolerated.

pat on September 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Just an example that the corruption that infests the entire Congress. They all need to be thrown out and we need some people who actually care about this country

flytier on September 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Last I heard, Republicans controlled the House and had an equal number of Members on the Ethics Committee. What did they do, skip class that day? This woman is an embarrassment and an ongoing criminal enterprise and they let it slide?

jnelchef on September 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

This is the way the government handles the double standard. How about Charlie Rangel thats been convicted but by golly he’s still in office. The code of blue is not dead. Sandy Berger is another one who stole secret documents but again he still works for the government. The corruption in Congress is so bad it’s unbelievable, check out the staff of 10,000+ members for Congress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_staff I’m old enough to remember the “Savings and Loan” scandal that was really the members of Congress writing themselves interest free loans and paying them back at their own convenience and the American taxpayer got stuck with the fines and billings.

mixplix on September 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Great news that she’s cleared!Now she can get back to the important stuff.Like demanding NASA to send the Mars rover in search of the U.S.Flag left behind by the astronauts.

GeneTracy on September 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

DemocRATS can get away with whatever they want..they can lie lie lie with no consequences

sadsushi on September 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Grandson? How did he get the job?

Mimzey on September 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

He’s the only one who would swallow his pride and put up with her abuse.

He knows she’s got to croak someday, and he wants to be prominently mentioned in ol’ maxine’s will.

Solaratov on September 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Ugh, JarJar Waters is as phony as a chappaquiddick neckbrace, and as legal as a Clinton “play date”.

She-sa criminalsa!

Disgusting.

GrassMudHorsey on September 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Our government is criminal and operating outside the law…

Now WTH are we going to do about it?

trs on September 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

“I learned that you can’t fix Washington from the inside.”

Especially if no one ever tries.

AesopFan on September 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Are we to believe that the grandson of the woman on the committee was responsible for all of that preferential treatment? Really?

No. But they do, just like always.

IrishEyes on September 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Another one under the bus: It’s sonny boy’s fault.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Don’t expect to see any of the DOJ people tossed under the bus for F&F see the inside of a court room, either. 46 days!

Kissmygrits on September 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Let me get this straight – Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a decorated Naval F-4 Ace, accepted a $5,ooo rug for his office and was forced to resign. And this senile, prune-faced hag diverts hundreds of thousands in funds to a bank owned by her spouse and she walks?

She should be doing the ‘perp’ walk out of the House.

USN Corpseman on September 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

The House Ethics Committee had no choice but to clear her.How much dirt does she have of their ethics?

docflash on September 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

This is exactly what I thought.

Bitter Clinger on September 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Yeah, add me to that list. Not even being a black Democrat political prostitute could get her off THIS easy.

I’m thoroughly convinced she knows where too many of her fellow dirtbags buried the bodies…perhaps quite literally.

MelonCollie on September 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM