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Rangel: 'I have no real chance of fighting back'
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Posted on 11/15/2010 1:47:44 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Rangel: 'I have no real chance of fighting back' By Jordan Fabian - 11/15/10 03:51 PM ET

Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) struck a defeated tone Monday, hours after he walked out of his own ethics trial.

Rangel reiterated his claim that his due process rights had been violated over his lack of legal representation at the trial that began Monday morning.

"I hope that my colleagues in Congress, friends, constituents and anyone paying attention will consider my statement and how the committee has been unfair to me," he said in a prepared statement. "They can do what they will with me because they have the power and I have no real chance of fighting back."

The longtime lawmaker made waves when he threatened to leave the hearing after tussling with ethics committee chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) over the absence of his legal representation.

Rangel's attorneys parted ways with him in October, and the congressman said he could not afford to hire new representation after spending almost $2 million in legal fees over the past two years.

The adjudicatory subcommittee is meeting behind closed doors Monday afternoon to determine if Rangel committed the 13 counts of House ethics violations that are alleged against him.

If he is found guilty of the violations, he could face a full House vote on his expulsion or a lesser punishment. Rangel said he is now looking past the trial.

"Now, I am going forward — not backwards — to do the job I was elected to do. That is to serve my district and to serve my country, as I have tried to do for the past 50 years," he said. "In the end, I hope that I would be judged by my entire record that determines that I have been a credit to the House and to my family, friend and supporters who have entrusted me with this honorable duty."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: charlesrangel; charlierangel; cultureofcorruption; newyork; racecard; rangel; victimology
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1 posted on 11/15/2010 1:47:46 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Rangel: 'I have no real chance of fighting back'

Yeah, that's what Al Capone said too.

2 posted on 11/15/2010 1:51:11 PM PST by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Rangel: 'I have no real chance of fighting back'

He's had two years to fight back. As the Ethics Committee counsel noted, none of the evidence presented has every been challenged by Rangel or his attorneys, and Rangel himself has admitted on the floor of the House to many of the charges.

This was a gambit, pure and simple, to try and make something with a losing hand. And it failed.

3 posted on 11/15/2010 1:51:11 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Sub-Driver

Boo-freaking-hoo! This guy has become a multi-millionaire with all his illegal shennigans and now he’s crying in his beer about having to explain it. We all know the moron will only get a handslap but it’s fun while it last!


4 posted on 11/15/2010 1:51:14 PM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: Sub-Driver

did Tom Delay have a chance? Scooter Libby? no, of course, neither had done anything wrong, unlike Wrangle.


5 posted on 11/15/2010 1:51:18 PM PST by sappy (criminalibs)
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To: Sub-Driver
‘I have no real chance of fighting back’

The lament of the seriously guilty for millenia.

6 posted on 11/15/2010 1:52:04 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: Sub-Driver
Hey SD....

Can you reach that big flush handle on the side of the House Chamber??

Time to send this racketeering thief down the river!
Sorry Charlie... ( Ummm... NOT!)

7 posted on 11/15/2010 1:52:13 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s been re-elected. What’s the worst that can happen? Censure? OOoooooH! Scary!


8 posted on 11/15/2010 1:53:03 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Sub-Driver

So use the Pubile Defender like you expect everyone else to use.


9 posted on 11/15/2010 1:54:00 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Guilty as sin, free as a bird.


10 posted on 11/15/2010 1:55:45 PM PST by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Sub-Driver

Poor sorry 80 year old black man who is being picked on by the racists. What happened to the upbeat, confident, Ill be exonerated Charlie of a few months ago......maybe his lawyers ran because he has no case and not because he has no money for sure. Up next the arrogant socailist communist biotch Maxine Waters. Im running out of popcorn already!


11 posted on 11/15/2010 1:56:04 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not for the reasons he loudly proclaims [with that racial tinte]. His problem is that he’s guilty as Hell with no real recourse in a fair system of legal judgement.


12 posted on 11/15/2010 1:57:26 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver

50 years of being “The Man” and now he has to fight The Man.

poor Chuckles.


13 posted on 11/15/2010 1:58:13 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Obadiah
Rangel: 'I have no real chance of fighting back'

Yeah, that's what Al Capone said too.

And Duke Cunnningham, and James Traficant, etc...

14 posted on 11/15/2010 1:58:13 PM PST by South40 (My computer beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing!)
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To: South40

And that’s what William “Cold Cash” Jefferson said too!


15 posted on 11/15/2010 2:02:56 PM PST by Obadiah (BHO -- out the door in 4!)
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To: Sub-Driver
... after spending almost $2 million in legal fees over the past two years.

And how exactly does a person who has only ever been in congress bank a few million dollars?

16 posted on 11/15/2010 2:04:58 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (Palin Haley O'Donnell - mmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm)
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To: Sub-Driver

Rangel do the right thing RESIGN. What a wuss, I have done niothing wrong and I have spent 2 million dollars already and the lawyers walkied away. Why is that Rangel, because you are guilty as sin. This American desires you to have a VAT on everything you own and a tax on everything you spend your ill gotten income on. How about a death panel for 80 year old corruptocratic politician. You want sympathy from me, BS, look it up in the dictionary right next to suicide.


17 posted on 11/15/2010 2:05:28 PM PST by hondact200 ( Lincoln Freed the Enslaved. Obama Enslaves the Free. Obama is Americas Greatest Threat)
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To: Sub-Driver

You have to wonder how he managed to spend 2 million dollars on lawyers before the case even started, on a congressional ethics inquiry.


18 posted on 11/15/2010 2:06:03 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Sub-Driver

Why fight? What you did is all on the record. Hang your head and take your medicine like a man, not like a whinny little child.


19 posted on 11/15/2010 2:09:54 PM PST by DManA
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To: Sub-Driver
n the end, I hope that I would be judged Blah blah blah Charlie. I hope you spend the rest of your days in prison.
20 posted on 11/15/2010 2:12:25 PM PST by ColdOne (Repeal HealthCare......NO COMPROMISE.......ever!)
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To: ronnie raygun

The SOB got away with alot because:

1. He is black and arrogantly unafraid to use his American Express Racism Card.
2. He was HW&MC chairman and powerful.
3. His constituents would still vote him back in (ala Adam Clayton Powell), etc.

Well, he’s still black but who cares. Who cares about his constituents - hopefully we can redistrict them. And, most importantly, he will be (Jan 21) legislatively impotent......bwaaaaaaaaahhhhaaaaaahhaaaaaa!


21 posted on 11/15/2010 2:13:23 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: DManA
Maybe this corrupt little turd will get some idea how the average American feels when they come up against some alphabet soup Agency bureaucrat with a gun, badge, a bad attitude, and unlimited Government money.

F U Charlie. I hope you rot.

22 posted on 11/15/2010 2:13:41 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Rangle, you have the best chance of fighting back that any true felon has.

You’re a liberal democrat.

You’re among friends, compatriots, and fellow FELONS.

Remember Dead Ted.


23 posted on 11/15/2010 2:14:38 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: DManA

Crybaby - his cookie jar is empty;(


24 posted on 11/15/2010 2:15:14 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Menendez Brothers defense???


25 posted on 11/15/2010 2:15:37 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Surprised he hasn’t blamed Bush.
26 posted on 11/15/2010 2:17:06 PM PST by bikerman (Obama lied pelicans died)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Rangel’s attorneys parted ways with him in October, and the congressman said he could not afford to hire new representation after spending almost $2 million in legal fees over the past two years. “

I can give him Gloria Allred’s phone number, if that’s his problem.


27 posted on 11/15/2010 2:18:29 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

What exactly did he get from the lawyers for 2 million?


28 posted on 11/15/2010 2:19:25 PM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s because you’re guilty and got caught you worthless criminal POS.

FUBO & FAD


29 posted on 11/15/2010 2:20:24 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Yeah, right. 50 years of stealing and misusing our money.


30 posted on 11/15/2010 2:22:02 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Sub-Driver

It appears that Rangle is invoking the “Animal House” type of defense...

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests - we did.

But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!


31 posted on 11/15/2010 2:25:24 PM PST by dirtman
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To: Sub-Driver

He was offered a slap on the wrist several months ago and ignored his lawyer’s advice to accept it.


32 posted on 11/15/2010 2:25:24 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Sub-Driver

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!


33 posted on 11/15/2010 2:28:25 PM PST by AZhardliner
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To: Sub-Driver

34 posted on 11/15/2010 2:28:48 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Sub-Driver

Cry me a river of crocodile tears, Charlie. You should be jailed.


35 posted on 11/15/2010 2:33:14 PM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Sub-Driver

Duh.

....because The Rangel Creature is ridiculously guilty!


36 posted on 11/15/2010 2:34:46 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: Sub-Driver

But I think the Democrat leaders in Congress already made it understood that he did nothing illegal, just unethical.

BS.


37 posted on 11/15/2010 2:40:33 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Didn’t he just spend $60 million of his own money on his election. Looks like he should have saved some for his court costs.


38 posted on 11/15/2010 2:43:44 PM PST by Americanexpat
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To: ronnie raygun

They ran because he wouldn’t listen to them. It’s a self-inflicted wound. Remember the old routine about the guy who kills his whole family, then demands mercy because he’s an orphan? Same bit.


39 posted on 11/15/2010 2:44:26 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Sub-Driver
It took quite awhile but he did manage to finally SINK himself.

Congratulations Mr. Rangel on diminishing your own power.

40 posted on 11/15/2010 2:47:26 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: listenhillary
What exactly did he get from the lawyers for 2 million?

He probably got the beginnings of some excellent representation, but my suspicion is that they "walked" because he racked up an unpaid $2,000,000.00 bill with them.

I don't believe for a second that crooked Charlie paid anyone a plugged nickel to defend him.

41 posted on 11/15/2010 2:51:38 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver

A couple of questions (and please forgive my gross naiveté):

1. I am assuming Mr. Rangel has documentation and records that, if accurate, should easily and readily counter these charges. Why $2,000,000 in legal fees to turn over papers that prove your innocence?

2. Why does Mr. Rangel think that it is the responsibility of his constituents to pay for his legal services, especially if he enjoyed undue or illegal gain because of his actions?


42 posted on 11/15/2010 3:00:00 PM PST by cliniclinical (space for rent)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s not fair that I’m guilty guilty guilty.


43 posted on 11/15/2010 3:04:15 PM PST by dr_who
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To: Sub-Driver
Rangel: 'I have no real chance of fighting back'

Go ahead and play the victim, you corrupt, fat, lying, oppressive jerk.

44 posted on 11/15/2010 3:05:14 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: South40
Traficant went to jail for much less than what Rangal has committed. And what's the difference between the two, besides the awful toupee?
45 posted on 11/15/2010 3:07:48 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: Sub-Driver
With flair and flourishes, Rangel will likely plop a big race card on the table....and that nit-wit Waters will echo that scream. Members of the Black Caucus will likely follow suit. I can't take that crowd seriously any more. They are beyond rehabilitation.
46 posted on 11/15/2010 3:33:51 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: Sub-Driver
Rangel: 'I have no real chance of fighting back'

When Rangel was stealing from Americans with no chance to fight back, that was fine.

Now it's our turn.

47 posted on 11/15/2010 3:40:15 PM PST by RJL
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To: Sub-Driver
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48 posted on 11/15/2010 3:51:14 PM PST by mojitojoe (In itÂ’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: listenhillary

He’s probably lying about spending millions on lawyers. Prove it Charlie. Prove how much money you spent. Why should we believe anything you say?

Lying, holier than thou, do gooder, hypocrite!


49 posted on 11/15/2010 3:55:32 PM PST by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewis)
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To: Wings-n-Wind
Time to send this racketeering thief down the river!

Sorry Charlie... ( Ummm... NOT!)

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Waters and Rangel - 09-28-10_sm

50 posted on 11/15/2010 3:57:01 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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