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-- veteran Democrats facing ethics charges back in Washington today.
As the house -- for where August session New York's Charlie Rangel.
California's Maxine Waters could go on trial for alleged ethics violations at the height of election seasons waters denies any wrongdoing say she will fight the conflict.
-- interest charges facing her.
But when a Republican ran into a similar matter some fifteen years ago.
She laid out principles of some argue more relevant today than ever ruled this from December 95.
-- the goose is good for the -- no one should be solved it.
So important so powerful they can violate the rules of this house.
We -- -- the ball for about one but we're going modern day today with one way inside doing my friend NPR -- -- -- -- -- remember that right that was the Newt Gingrich matter.
Back back back back in the mid 1990s we remember how that turned out.
-- is what you're looking at -- if things continue based on what we understand today.
At the height of election season mid September.
You could have two Democrats.
Facing two different trials.
On ethics violations.
Whether it's Republican or Democrat in his case Democrat this is a politically in perfect storm for the party.
Man I tell you -- if it is a nightmare for the party and -- -- they'll be televised -- So it's going to be a constant.
Constant reminder to the voters.
About corruption in congress and of course in specific here you're talking about Democrats -- it's gonna be very harmful to Democrats as they approach Election Day in -- hoping -- too -- Yes they'll be televised which means at some point we'll have to defend themselves.
All they will -- themselves and I think you're gonna get especially from Maxine Waters are very strong defense that has a large racial overtone to it.
She's making the case that she was helping out minority banks not just the one bank.
That her husband had an interest in but of course when the meeting with -- -- treasury officials.
Only people from that one bank appeared when they're both members of the CBC right Congressional Black Caucus.
They are both African Americans and that adds another element to this and I think that you're going to get from Maxine Waters and specific -- so Charlie Rangel.
The race card which -- Warner says that Sam graves a Republican from Missouri.
Was once charged with a similar crime or -- -- allegations that a similar crime in terms of helping.
A trade association which is wife had some interest.
And he was exonerated now the difference -- -- courses that.
Graves in that case had a trade association of simply ask someone to testify.
Here you have.
People coming to Washington all representing one bank and they're.
-- the result is that twelve million dollar apartment and -- argued those facts and you know we'll we'll get into evidence segment I just go back to your point here.
Is that Maxine Waters has alleged rates already but -- he has not gone there.
Not -- Charlie Rangel has not they both say that they don't think they did anything wrong but Rangel clearly is not about race waters is all about what you think this is about race.
Now now has nothing to do would -- but again the perception in our country with two African American members of congress.
In the -- In such a public and trial in -- in the middle of the election -- in September it's gonna have strong racial overtones no doubt about it.
I think the bigger picture all of us politics and I thought about -- Heidi get your message out.
If you've got two trials ongoing possibly simultaneously that's tough when -- the last word one.
Well you know I think that there's lot of pressure on Rangel right now to say listen you know.
Stand up and do the good stuff for the Democrats here and simply walk away President Obama -- think you know you've had a great career that -- Federer.
I don't think -- -- is gonna respond to those siren calls for mercy I don't know park.
One thing -- the company and welcome her eyes catches him one way that latency.
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