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Rangel Is Found to Have Violated House Ethics Rules [update: guilty of all but one charge]
New York Times ^ | 16 November 2010 | David Kocieniewski

Posted on 11/16/2010 11:56:30 AM PST by Racehorse

A House panel on Tuesday found Representative Charles B. Rangel guilty of 11 counts of ethical violations, ruling that his failure to pay taxes, improper solicitation of fund-raising donations and failure to accurately report his personal income had brought dishonor on the House.

After a public hearing Monday that was truncated by Mr. Rangel walking out in protest, an adjudicatory subcommittee of the House ethics committee deliberated for four hours before finding him guilty of all but one of the 13 counts against him.

(Two other counts, involving Mr. Rangel’s misuse of House franking privileges, were merged into one.)

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 2006electionbias; 2010electionbias; alreadyposted; congress; corruptbastards; crime; cultureofcorruption; democrats; democratscandals; duplicate; mostethical; pelosicongress; rangel; rigged; thecolorpinko
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1 posted on 11/16/2010 11:56:37 AM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse
Expecting the “but he has done so much good so he should get a pass” justification from the Democrats.
2 posted on 11/16/2010 11:59:39 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345
Of course AND he will be re-elected.
3 posted on 11/16/2010 12:01:50 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Racehorse

This is great news. But how did he get out of the one? Now, will he, in the interest of being dignified, resign?


4 posted on 11/16/2010 12:02:00 PM PST by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: dhs12345

Failure to pay taxes is a Federal Offense...so why isn’t he being arrested.


5 posted on 11/16/2010 12:02:18 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

Of course AND he has already suffered enough that no other penalty should be applied. Let’s all just MOVEON. Nothing to see here.


6 posted on 11/16/2010 12:03:18 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe baby!)
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To: Racehorse
Rangel: "How can I have been found to violate all them 'ethnical' rules, I is ethnical!" "Bunch of damn racist Honkies!"
7 posted on 11/16/2010 12:03:48 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: DallasSun
Now, will he, in the interest of being dignified, resign?

Very funny line!

8 posted on 11/16/2010 12:04:54 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: BenLurkin
Of course AND he will be re-elected.

I believe he already WAS re-elected. But you have to remember, corruption is a selling point to liberal voters.

9 posted on 11/16/2010 12:05:22 PM PST by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: Racehorse

Are they even going to make him pay the back taxes with penalties? Can you imagine if that was one of us!


10 posted on 11/16/2010 12:06:02 PM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it is perfectly ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“....so why isn’t he being arrested.”

That is precisely my question too. He broke the law.


11 posted on 11/16/2010 12:07:33 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: BenLurkin
Yup. Reminds me of ol’ Marion Barry.
12 posted on 11/16/2010 12:08:10 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: SumProVita
Because ... as others have pointed out ... breaking the law is a resume "enhancer" if you're a Dem Lib ...


13 posted on 11/16/2010 12:10:12 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe baby!)
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To: Racehorse

Obviously, this is very racist of the Democrats.


14 posted on 11/16/2010 12:11:54 PM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Racehorse
A dog and pony come to my mind.........

I dunno why........

15 posted on 11/16/2010 12:12:02 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Sacajaweau

Simple.

He is part of the elite ruling class. We all bow down to him and his kind.


16 posted on 11/16/2010 12:12:10 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Pollster1

I know. Cracked myself up.


17 posted on 11/16/2010 12:13:18 PM PST by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Sacajaweau

He is a Black Communist Democrat from Harlem. That is why.


18 posted on 11/16/2010 12:14:13 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: Racehorse

“...his failure to pay taxes, improper solicitation of fund-raising donations and failure to accurately report his personal income had brought dishonor on the House.”

And all the while I thought it was his sitting in the House that had brought it dishonor. There’s probably 100 more who should go thru this process (both parties).


19 posted on 11/16/2010 12:16:13 PM PST by EDINVA (.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Commoners like ourselves would be arrested and thrown in jail. Congressmen continue to be crooks because they can.


20 posted on 11/16/2010 12:18:22 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Servant of the Cross
The penalties are harsh. He gets a strongly worded rebuke on the House Floor but much worse he will be banned for life from getting seconds on lasagna day at the cafeteria. Also he will be limited to only the choice of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream flavors. Absolutely no Rocky Road.
21 posted on 11/16/2010 12:18:28 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: SumProVita

Does it have to do with the balance of power — the Executive branch has limited powers over the Legislative branch?

RE: Cold Cash Jefferson.


22 posted on 11/16/2010 12:18:38 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Racehorse

Time for Congress to cut him loose !!!


23 posted on 11/16/2010 12:18:42 PM PST by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: Sacajaweau
so why isn’t he being arrested.

Because as chairman of the committee that oversees the IRS he has been the best friend the IRS has ever had. His predecessor, Dan Rostinkowski also cheated on his taxes, resigned in disgrace, and was never prosecuted.

24 posted on 11/16/2010 12:19:02 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

And don’t forget double-secret probation!


25 posted on 11/16/2010 12:21:39 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe baby!)
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To: BenLurkin

Just was.


26 posted on 11/16/2010 12:22:42 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (What flavor Kool-aid are you drinking?)
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To: Racehorse
Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, announced the panel’s findings just before noon.

All the sweeter!

27 posted on 11/16/2010 12:23:11 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Racehorse
Out of solidarity for the oppressed Rangel, I am considering understating my income and paying less taxes this year.
28 posted on 11/16/2010 12:24:13 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Racehorse

So now are they going to expel him ? or they going to sigh and say now that’s over let’s get back to business!
I think they went after him so that the Republicans wouldn’t have it to do later and expel him. Better now when they can say “Naughty! Naughty!” and send him back to his seat.


29 posted on 11/16/2010 12:25:02 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: EDINVA

Democrats don’t pay taxes. I think it’s in the Constitution or something.


30 posted on 11/16/2010 12:27:08 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Racehorse

Such investigations are merely dog and pony shows. Now they can say that they took action when in fact, nothing was really done.


31 posted on 11/16/2010 12:31:56 PM PST by LightningStriker2010
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To: arthurus

Just think about the “Idiots” that elected him again! LOL
Same thing happened with the presidency in 2008. Just more Idiots then! Just saying..


32 posted on 11/16/2010 12:37:30 PM PST by HarryH (Still Standing in the Gap!)
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To: Racehorse
He will be sentenced to zero workload at 100% pay forever.

Dismissed.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

33 posted on 11/16/2010 12:42:34 PM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
breaking the law is a resume "enhancer" if you're a Dem Lib ...

bump!!

34 posted on 11/16/2010 12:44:06 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
Blog Reaction Roundup...developing...
35 posted on 11/16/2010 12:54:10 PM PST by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: SeeSharp
Dan Rostinkowski also cheated on his taxes, resigned in disgrace, and was never prosecuted.

Wait, I though Rostinkowski DID spend some time in the slam... or is that some other RAT I'm thinking of?

36 posted on 11/16/2010 12:55:23 PM PST by ExSoldier (Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil: It has no point.)
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To: Jay777

If he’s censured, he has to stand in the well of the Hosue, in front of his colleagues, while the resolution of censure is read. In addition, there’s considerable thought that the committee may recommend that he be stripped of his seniority, and removed from Ways & Means..The problem for Charlie, and also for the Dems, though from different perspectives, is that fellow CBC member Maxine Waters is up next, and if you thoguth that ole Charlie’s song and dance in front of the committee was, say a 6.3..wait until mad Maxie gets going..


37 posted on 11/16/2010 12:59:06 PM PST by ken5050 (I don't need sex.....the government screws me every day..)
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To: ExSoldier
I though Rostinkowski DID spend some time in the slam

That was for mail fraud charges having to do with the House banking scandal. He only served a few months. Then Clinton pardoned him.

The IRS never touched him, even though he had been keeping ghost employees on his payroll for years. He was their buddy.

38 posted on 11/16/2010 1:06:04 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: Sacajaweau

Yes why isn’t he? Then of course geithner didn’t pay taxes either and he wasn’t charged I guess the law is only for the regular people.


39 posted on 11/16/2010 1:11:21 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Racehorse
The Democrats are impressed with how Rangel can flaunt the law and get away with it. These dictators are laughing at the people. The system favors lawbreakers. That is why the Rats want more illegal aliens voting. Amnesty for lawbreakers and oppression of the righteous citizens is the Democrats way.
40 posted on 11/16/2010 1:12:39 PM PST by Armaggedon
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41 posted on 11/16/2010 1:19:35 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: Jay777

thanks


42 posted on 11/16/2010 1:22:19 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Racehorse

Forced to apologize and pay a 20 dollar fine....


43 posted on 11/16/2010 1:26:38 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Lady Jag

Rangel is correct......they are all criminals.


44 posted on 11/16/2010 1:33:29 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: BenLurkin
Of course AND he will be re-elected

Marion Barry comes to mind.


45 posted on 11/16/2010 1:33:58 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Now taking suggestions for a new screen name.)
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To: dhs12345

It has to do with the important question as to WHY some members of Congress are not held accountable to the LAW!

If he broke the law, he should be held accountable. Any of the rest of us would be held accountable....


46 posted on 11/16/2010 1:37:08 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: ExSoldier

I just do not understand that our laws for criminals somehow do not apply to those in politics? Why?

Further his resignation is not a just punishment for his robberies and tax evasion...it appears he won’t resign so can they make him resign completely from washington?

This just astounds me just as with Geitner....these employees of the people doge paying their taxes and raise everyone elses.....dirt dogs and thieves the lot of them!


47 posted on 11/16/2010 1:46:31 PM PST by caww
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To: SumProVita

Unfortunately, we, the voters, have allowed them to get away with murder. Literally.

However, I see your point. Public rejection and ridicule is one thing, prison and fines are another.


48 posted on 11/16/2010 1:50:32 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Racehorse

Remember that Duke Cunningham (R) is still in prison.


49 posted on 11/16/2010 1:57:14 PM PST by blam
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To: stephenjohnbanker

They’re worse than their fraudulent voters.


50 posted on 11/16/2010 1:58:00 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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