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In her most spirited defense against ethics charges, Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) on Friday refused to wait quietly for her trial, denying that she used her influence to aid a bank in which her husband has a financial interest. She also attacked ethics investigators for drawing the wrong conclusions from what she said was her lifetime work of trying to aid minority-owned businesses in general.

“I won’t cut a deal,” Waters vowed in her first Capitol Hill news conference since charges were brought.

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