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California Rep. Waters not facing corruption charges

February 14, 2018

FILE - In this July 14, 2017 file photo, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A story being shared on social media that says Waters faces corruption charges fails to point out the charges are eight years old and were dropped long ago. The House ethics panel cleared Waters in 2012 after an investigation lasting more than three years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rep. Maxine Waters is not currently facing corruption charges in Congress, despite the false claim of a story detailing allegations she was cleared of eight years ago.

The headline on an item appearing on the newsoftrump site and other right-wing websites says the House Ethics Committee charged the California democrat with three counts of corruption. It detailed charges that she improperly set up a meeting in 2008 on behalf of executives at a bank her husband invested in.

A House ethics panel cleared Waters of the charges in 2012 after an investigation lasting more than three years.

Waters’ office said there’s no truth to the new account.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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