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Topic - Josiah Bonner
Six members of the House Ethics Committee including its chairman have recused themselves from any matter involving Rep. Maxine Waters, including an internal investigation looking into whether the panel mishandled a two-year conflict-of-interest case against the California Democrat.
The House ethics committee split along party lines Tuesday as Republicans demanded pre-election trials for two prominent Democrats, Reps. Charles B. Rangel and Maxine Waters.
"She expressed the frustration that many of us feel that there really is a disconnect," said Rep. Jo Bonner, Alabama Republican.
"Unless he could provide some documentary evidence indicating that the payment to Representative Meeks was not a loan — which his attorney has stated he cannot do—it would be unreasonable for the Committee to conclude, on the basis of his testimony alone, that Representative Meeks had been untruthful to the Committee in his sworn statement that such a document had accompanied the loan," said Mr. Bonner and Ms. Sanchez.