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Congressional Panel Charges Rangel With Ethics Violations

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was charged Thursday by the bipartisan House ethics committee with violating congressional ethics rules.

Rangel, a 40-year House veteran who temporarily stepped down from the chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee during the investigation into his conduct, faced public accusations of financial misdeeds. He's come under scrutiny for, among other things, not accounting for income he earned from rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic and using official congressional stationary to fund-raise for a school named after him.

The House ethics committee concluded that Rangel violated House ethics rules. Now, eight members of the House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct will start deliberating on the matter, according to officials.

Rangel, the dean of the New York congressional delegation, is facing his toughest re-election fight, with four Democratic primary opponents. A recent public opinion poll showed Rangel leading the race, but with just 39 percent of the vote.

In a short statement, Rangel responded to news of the charges by saying that "at long last, sunshine will pierce the cloud of serious allegations that have been raised against me in the media."

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Matthew from Brooklyn

Time to go, Charlie. Too many years, too much corruption. Enough already.

Jul. 22 2010 06:23 PM
America

"The case could end with a simple admonishment of Mr. Rangel, which is the most common action by the Standards Committee" This is JUST ONE MORE example of why we the people need to kick the GOBs on both isles out on their collective a s s e s in November. The liars, er lawyers keep proclaiming innocence for this type activity while the evidence says we must believe them or our lying eyes!

Scum. Pure scum in DC - and it crosses both parties and all races. Kick them all out.
They should be so lucky if that's all that happened. Really, some should be in prison. I'm sure Rangel just HATES being told tsk,tsk,tsk * wink* *wink* as he keeps the ill-gotten gains and retires to the Dominican with his Fed Gov retirement and $$$$ intact.

Jul. 22 2010 06:13 PM

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