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Ethics hearing dates set for Waters, Rangel

A House ethics panel has set hearing dates for Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and Rep. Maxine Waters of California to address charges against the two longtime Democratic lawmakers.

Rangel’s adjudicatory hearing will begin on Monday, Nov. 15, the committee announced in a statement. Waters’ hearing is set to begin Monday, Nov. 29.

Last week, all five Republicans on the 10 member committee made a rare formal demand that the hearings be held before the midterm elections.

In the statement announcing the hearings, committee chair Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said the minority’s public request was made “in contrast to their prior requests and ongoing discussions” with the majority, which are kept private as a rule.

Rangel is charged with violating 13 House rules, including allegations that he solicited donations using official letterhead to raise funds for an educational center bearing his name. Waters is accused of giving special help to a bank in which her husband held stock.