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California Rep. Waters not facing corruption charges

Last Updated Feb 14, 2018 at 4:21 pm EST

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.

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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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