The ethics trials for New York Rep. Charles Rangel will take place after this year's November elections, depriving Republicans of headlines that could be used as fodder for attacks on Democrats.
The proceedings officially called "adjudicatory hearings," will begin November 15. They will determine whether Rangel violated standards of conduct. The House ethics committee chairwoman, Zoe Lofgren of California, refused to go along with a Republican request to hold the proceedings before the elections.
Rep. Rangel is a senior member of the House and the former chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. He has been accused of 13 ethical violations, including financial and fundraising improprieties.