December 1st, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Waters demands conclusion to ethics case

Deirdre Walsh
CNN Congressional Producer

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, called on the House ethics committee Monday to either schedule her trial before Congress completes this year's lame duck session or explain why it won't go forward.

Waters' hearing before the committee was scheduled to begin Monday, but the ethics committee announced before Thanksgiving that the proceeding had been canceled due to the discovery of e-mail communications potentially affecting the case.

It did not indicate whether or when the matter would be revisited.

Waters, a 20-year congresswoman and senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, is alleged to have sought federal assistance for OneUnited Bank, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held a financial interest.

On Monday, Waters repeated her assertion that she did nothing improper. She called the reason for the delay "nothing more than an excuse."

Standing outside the committee room where the trial was to take place, Waters argued that she has been denied "basic due process" and said the decision not to move forward with her trial as planned "demonstrated in no uncertain terms the weakness of their case against me."

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