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Maxine and Barney, Sitting in a Tree . . .

Posted on | November 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

. . . K-I-S-S-I-N-G!

A newly discovered exchange of e-mails led the House ethics committee on Friday to delay its trial of Representative Maxine Waters, a California Democrat accused of helping steer bailout money to a bank in which her husband owned shares.
The e-mails are between Mikael Moore, Ms. Waters’s chief of staff, and members of the House Financial Services Committee, on which Ms. Waters serves. The e-mails show that Mr. Moore was actively engaged in discussing with committee members details of a bank bailout bill apparently after Ms. Waters agreed to refrain from advocating on the bank’s behalf. The bailout bill had provisions that ultimately benefited OneUnited, a minority-owned bank in which her husband, Sidney Williams, owned about $350,000 in shares. . . .
The subcommittee’s original report found that in early September 2008, Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts and the committee’s chairman, told Ms. Waters not to get involved with any issues involving OneUnited and that Ms. Waters agreed to refrain from advocating on the bank’s behalf. . . .
A person directly involved in the investigation said the new e-mails could show that members of her staff continued to work on the bank’s behalf.
“It may directly contradict a bit of Maxine’s story, if not the actual facts, the way she has told it,” said the person, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the trial.

So if Barney told Maxine to stay away from the OneUnited “issues,” yet Maxine’s chief-of-staff kept “discussing [the bank] with committee members” — of which Barney was the chairman — will Barney be called to testify against Maxine? And what else might be included in the e-mails that will be made public in the course of this investigation?

Ed Morrissey has much, much more at Hot Air. There’s also a Memeorandum thread with additional blog commentary from YID With LID, Weasel Zippers, Moe Lane and Alana Goodman.


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