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Rangel's final farce?
NY Post ^ | November 16, 2010 | Editorial

Posted on 11/16/2010 1:56:29 AM PST by Scanian

The House ethics trial against Rep. Charlie Rangel began and ended in a flash yesterday, skipping oral argument and any semblance of a defense; the 40-year incumbent now awaits a verdict.

Shed no tears for Charlie: He's a sad old man, but he brought it on himself.

Rangel walked out of the proceedings after just 30 minutes, demanding a delay because he had no lawyer -- and "I don't have the opportunity to have a legal defense fund set up."

(The panel -- rightly -- said no dice.)

But as The Post's Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein reported Sunday, for the last two years Rangel raided his political action committee, illegally shifting some $393,000 to his lawyers.

On top of all his other transgressions.

And, unlike normal folk, Rangel wouldn't think of digging into his own pocket to pay his bills, as Ethics Chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren suggested. Instead, he asked for "pro bono" lawyers.

In English, "pro bono" means for free; in Rangelese, it means for me.

It's all so pathetic.

It was Rangel's own behavior -- over the course of years -- that triggered the trial in the first place.

His alleged abuses (most first reported by The Post) include underreporting assets and income, using House stationery to solicit funds and leasing four rent-regulated apartments in Harlem.

And don't forget that villa in the Dominican Republic for which he failed to pay taxes.

Rangel's guilt is so clear, says the ethics panel prosecutor, "there are no genuine issues as to any material facts in this case." Indeed, Rangel admitted to them in a House floor speech in August.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; ethics; ethicstrial; lootingfunds; pac; probe; rangel; walkout

1 posted on 11/16/2010 1:56:34 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Charlie is a fantastic example of a democrat POS!

It’s great ammo.


2 posted on 11/16/2010 2:29:59 AM PST by Bullish (Been to all 57 States.... Or is it 58?)
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To: Scanian

And he was re-elected. The only way to rid us of his taint will be the IRS.


3 posted on 11/16/2010 2:30:26 AM PST by Thebaddog (Shakey Jake said, " The hippies will never survive!")
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To: Scanian
Pardon me for not know the rules of the House or this in the Constitution in reference to this trial, but what can be done with him? Can the House essentially kick him out? Please add links or copy/paste especially the Constitution.
4 posted on 11/16/2010 3:10:34 AM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Thebaddog

Is it just me or do Rangel and Barney Frank sound very similar when they talk?? Awful grating voices. Both are crooks too, how fitting. At least their party is out of power for now, even if their idiot constituents insist and always returning them to office.


5 posted on 11/16/2010 3:11:36 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Scanian
Just look at the poor guy. The trial is exhausting.


6 posted on 11/16/2010 3:39:41 AM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Scanian

Charlie was once employed as the night manager of a NYC flophouse. Maybe he can get his old job back.


7 posted on 11/16/2010 3:55:06 AM PST by hershey
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To: Scanian

Note to Charlie: May the farce be with you...


8 posted on 11/16/2010 3:59:01 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Thebaddog
And he was re-elected. The only way to rid us of his taint will be the IRS.

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Right. Rangel is not facing expulsion or criminal charges.

''...Documents corroborated that Mr. Rangel's committee was instrumental in extending a lucrative tax break to Nabors Industries, an oil drilling company, while the congressman was asking its chief executive for a $1 million donation.''

Move along - nothing to see here!

rangel-money-4sm

9 posted on 11/16/2010 4:04:12 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Scanian

Rangel plays the victim card. The fact is that he doesn’t want to squander anymore money on lawyers.

I hope the IRS goes after him.


10 posted on 11/16/2010 4:06:58 AM PST by y6162
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To: taildragger
Can the House essentially kick him out?

Can, but won't. He's a Democrat, after all. They're better than the rest of us.

11 posted on 11/16/2010 4:20:38 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire')
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To: TNCMAXQ

One major difference, at least you understand Charlie in most cases. Frank talks so fast that it sounds more like he is mumbling.


12 posted on 11/16/2010 4:26:00 AM PST by Eric Roelfsema
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To: y6162
"I hope the IRS goes after him."

Yeah, but where's the IRS been? The House investigation has been known for over a year. He's been cheating the revenuers for years.

You and I would have been in Club Fed already....and all our assets confiscated.

I hope we get some kind of reassurance soon that he doesn't have congressional immunity from the long arm of the IRS.

This is how they got Capone....and they can get his little dog, Chuckie, too.....if they want.

Leni

13 posted on 11/16/2010 4:29:43 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Poor Charlie: If they kick him out of the house, he will not goon food stamps. He has plenty salted away off shore.

Broke my patoot.

It would be stupid for Charlie to spend funds to defend the indefensible, when he knows he still has that old Race Card protecting him.


14 posted on 11/16/2010 4:49:41 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Scanian

He’s Black...he could KILL some one...as long as they are white...and STILl be re-elected! NOTHING will happen to him!


15 posted on 11/16/2010 5:08:20 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Eric Roelfsema

>> Frank talks so fast that it sounds more like he is mumbling.

Like he bruised his tongue on something hard.


16 posted on 11/16/2010 5:13:09 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick
>> Frank talks so fast that it sounds more like he is mumbling.

Like he bruised his tongue on something hard.


Or he hasn't swallowed it all yet.
17 posted on 11/16/2010 5:45:27 AM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: Scanian

Charlie has NO LAWYER ON PURPOSE...


18 posted on 11/16/2010 5:56:47 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Scanian

Good ol’ Charley just wants his buddies in the Democratic Party to give him the protection they gave Taco Bill run for the border Clinton—and the current FRAUD in the White House.
He wants a Court appointed team of crack attorneys to defend him probono on the taxpayers dime. And he wants his political pals to feel sorry for him and just make it all go away.
too bad he isn’t being tried in Military Court like Col Lakin.
who did not pull a Charley and walk out -but was I hear told
he should be Tased and tossed in th eback of the van.


19 posted on 11/16/2010 6:41:40 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Scanian

He jettisoned his law team when it was abundantly clear he was going to be reelected. Why spend the money when the House won’t toss him?


20 posted on 11/16/2010 7:33:36 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Defund National Peoples Radio!! Democrats are for free speech. Just not for you.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Harlem is a pretty contiguous district but none of the BCC members have much to worry about in terms of ethics charges when their districts are ridiculously gerrymandered to guarantee as many black voters in them as possible.

All the new GOP governors and legislatures need to stop that God-awful practice. And doing it to advance party interests is no better. Some of the S Fla districts look like strands of cooked spaghetti, long and twisty. There is NO excuse whatsoever for that. Any system that gives us safe seats for Alcee Hastings and Debbie “The Poodle” Wasserman stinks out loud.


21 posted on 11/16/2010 4:25:50 PM PST by Scanian
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