Recusal Confusion- A Final Post on the Waters Case

Now I will turn to the other major issue in the Waters case, which relates to Outside Counsel findings that (1) Representative Waters properly recused herself and her office from the OneUnited matter following the September 9, 2008 meeting, and (2) Mikael Moore, her chief of staff (and grandson), violated her instructions and improperly remained involved in the OU matter. As discussed below, both of these conclusions are problematic.

Following the September 9 meeting, Waters realized that her involvement in OneUnited Bank’s “asking for money” would present a conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety. This realization was likely triggered by (1) a telephone call from Treasury Secretary Paulson and (2) learning what had transpired at the September 9 meeting.

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