Under Investigation

Were Black Lawmakers Set Up?

Seven African-American lawmakers are under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, while not a single white lawmaker is the subject of a full-scale investigation. The seven black Congressmen account for about 15 percent of the total number of African-American members in the House. An unnamed House Democrat told Politico that members of the Congressional Black Caucus worry that they are being set up. The House members under investigation: California Democrats Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson, Reps Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Donald Payne (D-NJ), and Del. Donna Christensen (D-U.S. Virgin Islands).