With the House Ethics Committee making quick work of U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, St. Louis native Maxine Waters is next on the Capitol Hill hot seat
The California Democrat -- who grew up around St. Louis and graduated from Vashon High -- is scheduled to appear before the Ethics Committee Nov. 29 on charges she used her influence to help a bank her husband owned stock in.
Waters and her chief of staff -- who is also her grandson -- are accused of arranging a meeting for OneUnited Bank with the Treasury Department, which ultimately provided the bank $12 million in federal bailout funds.
Besides owning a stake of the bank, Waters' husband was previously on the board of directors.
Waters, 72, still has family in the St. Louis area, including U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, a distant cousin. She was in town as recently as June, when she was inducted into the into the Kinloch Hall of Fame.
Her trial in front of the House Ethics Committee is expected to last longer than Rangel's, who made an abrupt exit after bemoaning his lack of legal representation.
Waters, unlike Rangel, has established a legal defense fund, and has vowed to show the charges against her are "frivolous and unfounded."