Rangel Charts His Defense

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Congressman Charlie Rangel is circulating a ten-point chart to colleagues, explaining why he shouldn't receive one of the harshest punishments for violating 11 Congressional ethics rules. It's part of the last-minute defense Rangel wants to deliver before the full House votes on the fate of the 20-term Harlem lawmaker.

In the chart, Rangel notes the history of Congress members that, unlike him, enriched themselves and mislead investigators.

A bi-partisan panel found Rangel guilty of breaking ethics rules for failing to report his financial assets and misusing Congressional resources, but stopped short of calling it corrupt.

The panel recommended Rangel be censured — the harshest penalty short of expulsion.