Rangel Holds Onto House Chairmanship Amid Inquiry

Congressman Charles Rangel emerged from a private meeting with fellow lawmakers last night having survived another day as chairman of the House tax writing committee despite lingering questions about his personal finances and unpaid taxes on a beach house.

The longtime Harlem representative said he couldn't comment on the nearly hour-long meeting with fellow Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee.

Many voiced support for Rangel to continue as chairman even as the House ethics committee probes his finances. That's according to people who were there and spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private.

Republicans have called for Rangel to be removed from his chairmanship over unreported income and unpaid taxes on his beach house in the Dominican Republic. The issue is expected to come up again this morning at a meeting of Democratic leaders.