Maxine Waters spent her career in Congress as a lightning rod for controversy and scandal.
But if you play with fire, you eventually get burned.
Waters is facing these three charges that could be the final nail in her coffin.
Waters considered herself to be at the peak of influence and power in Washington.
With Democrats sweeping into power, Waters ascended to the Chair of the Financial Services Committee.
That put her in the catbird seat to investigate Donald Trump and play a starring role in her long-stated goal of overturning the 2016 election results and impeaching both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
But an iron-law in politics is what goes up must come down.
And Waters is crashing back to earth with a thud.
The House Ethics Committee has charged Waters on three counts of playing an improper role with a bank that received bailout money.
CBS News reports, “The committee says Waters organized a meeting in 2008 between Treasury officials and executives from OneUnited Bank, where her husband was once a board member and had large investments. The bank received $12 million from the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.”
The Committee’s first charge against Waters is for violating an ethics rule that stipulates one must, “behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”
Committee members accuse Waters’ staff of, “continued involvement in assisting OneUnited created an appearance that [Waters] was taking official action for [Waters’] personal benefit, which did not reflect creditably on the House.”
CBS reported that Waters faces another charge of, “violating the ‘spirit’ of the House rule that prohibits a member from receiving compensation for exerting improper influence from her position in Congress.”
The committee charges that her husband’s investments in OneUnited meant Waters received compensation for using her position of power to help the bank receive bailout money.
Finally, the ethics committee charged Waters with running afoul the Code of Ethics for Government Service.
Some pundits wonder if this will spell the end for Waters.
Others believe that since she is a Democrat icon who represents a radical left-wing district, she can ride out the scandal.
However, even if she survives electorally, these charges will thwart her politically.
There is no way Waters can credibly try to prosecute Trump as corrupt or financially compromised when she herself is facing ethics charges for shady financial dealings.
This scandal could end any attempts by Waters to investigate Trump and lead his impeachment charges.
If she is front and center, Republicans will easily be able to shoot back and claim that, unlike the fabricated allegations made against Trump by political partisans, Waters is facing charges from a bipartisan committee that adheres to the letter of the law—not the political whims of a party.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.