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House Censures Charles Rangel; Ex-Ways and Means Chair DID Profit From Corruption
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 2, 2010 | Peter Flaherty

Posted on 12/02/2010 3:48:01 PM PST by jazusamo

On the House floor tonight, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) again asserted that he did not personally gain from the acts of which he is accused, notwithstanding the fact that he failed to report, or pay taxes on, rental income received from his Dominican Republic beach house. Rangel seems to believe that if you repeatedly say something, it becomes true, no matter how absurd.

After we exposed this tax evasion, we took an even closer look at Rangel's finances and history. In September 2009, we filed a Complaint with the Ethics Committee alleging that Rangel hid more income from a six-unit brownstone apartment building in Harlem. We have also assembled other information that we have not made public painting a picture of a hustler who has cut corners his entire career.

Rangel turned the microphone over to Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) who referenced Ethics Committee staff director Blake Chisam who said at Rangel's ethics trial that Rangel was "sloppy" and that he saw "no evidence of corruption." Chisam is hardly an independent investigator. (He also has had his own financial problems.) He works for Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who was handpicked by Nancy Pelosi who has defended Rangel throughout this process. The fact that even the Chisams of the world have to support censure speaks to the seriousness of the charges.

Scott pointed to former Rep. George Hansen (R-ID) who also left information off his financial disclosure forms. Scott did not mention that Hansen went to prison far omissions far less extensive than Rangel's. Other Rangel apologists made reference to former Rep. Tom DeLay, correctly noting that DeLay was never censured by the House. DeLay now faces prison time, prompting the question of why Rangel does not face the same.

This notion that Rangel is somehow being subjected to a harsher penalty than past violators of House rules is just plain wrong. Rangel left off hundreds of thousands in assets and income from his financial disclosure forms for a period of years, representing the most egregious violation of disclosure requirements in the history of Congress. It was not only a violation of House Rules but also a criminal violation of the False Statements Act.

And Rangel has never explained where he got all that money that he did not disclose.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: censure; cultureofcorruption; rangel; taxfraud

1 posted on 12/02/2010 3:48:03 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

So he was censured what penalty does he pay? Not can he be sent to jail for not paying taxes like Snipes?


2 posted on 12/02/2010 3:52:33 PM PST by edcoil ("Help the helpless, don't give a shit about the clueless.")
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To: jazusamo

Rules? What rules? Those are for the Little People!

Justice For Charlie Rangel! No Rules For Charlie, Dude! Justice For Charlie Rangel!


3 posted on 12/02/2010 3:52:57 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: jazusamo
It's the big one! Elisabeth I'm coming home.
Shock. Surprised. Astonishment.
Now Charlie, go ahead with what you were doing.
4 posted on 12/02/2010 3:55:14 PM PST by Tupelo
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To: edcoil
So he was censured what penalty does he pay?

The penalty of having to say that he made mistakes while smiling the whole time.

I know I would NEVER want to have to face such horrors as Rangel has and that is what keeps me from being dishonest.

5 posted on 12/02/2010 3:55:21 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: jazusamo

Wimps - he should have been expelled.


6 posted on 12/02/2010 3:55:52 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: goldstategop

What would be wrong with expulsion???


7 posted on 12/02/2010 3:55:59 PM PST by BooBoo1000
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To: Tupelo

HAHAHA! Did you see his presser? Wow, he is really bitter that this was a result of all the selfless charity work he tried to do.


8 posted on 12/02/2010 3:56:05 PM PST by ShandaLear (The price of Obamacare? 30 pieces of silver.)
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To: jazusamo
The crook became a very wealthy man while being a "public servant", just like our buddy Bubba.

How can people work for the government all their lives and become millionaires without being stinking corrupt?

Nam Vet

9 posted on 12/02/2010 3:56:46 PM PST by Nam Vet (Are you better off than you were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: Nam Vet

Crooks censuring Crooks. What a joke.


10 posted on 12/02/2010 3:59:16 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Wimps - he should have been expelled.

Drawn out court hearings and then jail time like the rest of us would have to experience by disobeying the rules that HE helped put in place!

11 posted on 12/02/2010 4:00:11 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: edcoil

The POS pays nothing. If Holder would do his job and investigate then prefer charges he “might” pay but that’ll happen when hell freezes over.


12 posted on 12/02/2010 4:01:05 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: edcoil
When is he supposed to stand in the dock and listen as Nancy P. censures him verbally?
13 posted on 12/02/2010 4:01:42 PM PST by rickyc
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To: anniegetyourgun
Wimps - he should have been expelled.

Amen to that!

14 posted on 12/02/2010 4:02:32 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: edcoil

What did Tom Delay have to pay? And How does what he did compare to Rangel?


15 posted on 12/02/2010 4:03:41 PM PST by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: Nam Vet

Yep, this isn’t just about what he’s done in the last few years, he’s been corrupt for decades.


16 posted on 12/02/2010 4:04:47 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Someone in congress should have the guts to call him out on his lie of never profiting from his crooked law breaking.

How can one NOT profit from illegally taking over four rent controlled apartments and merging them into one super sized apartment?


17 posted on 12/02/2010 4:06:25 PM PST by Iron Munro (This is our culture; fight for it. This is our flag; pick it up. This is our country; take it back.)
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To: jazusamo

Before today I had little respect for Peter King R-NY. Now, after seeing King defend Rangel’s lawlessness, I have none.


18 posted on 12/02/2010 4:09:14 PM PST by South40 (If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. ~Thomas Paine)
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To: edcoil
So he was censured what penalty does he pay?

Rangel had to feign indigence and outrage. Then buy a round of shots for the Ethics Committee afterward. Isn't that enough??

19 posted on 12/02/2010 4:09:15 PM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: jazusamo
This bastid should have been booted. Any other American would have to serve time in prison.

We have no future until we root out and eliminate corruption from the top. That means Barack Obama too.

But....we will sit back and accept this and keep our mouths shut.

If this is the worst a corrupt SOB gets, then there is no justice at all.

Why the heck should any of us pay taxes and follow the rules when a person making those rules is above the law?

20 posted on 12/02/2010 4:12:42 PM PST by dforest
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To: edcoil

Did he pay back taxes, penalties and interest?

While the IRS won’t disclose, he should be required to answer and also prove payment.


21 posted on 12/02/2010 4:13:06 PM PST by ADSUM (Democracy works when citizens get involved and keep government honest.)
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To: Iron Munro
We have also assembled other information that we have not made public

I'm hoping the NLPC will release every detail they've collected as a result of their investigation, and you're right about the rent controlled apt, he profited from it.

22 posted on 12/02/2010 4:13:33 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: South40
Before today I had little respect for Peter King R-NY. Now, after seeing King defend Rangel’s lawlessness, I have none.

King actually defended Rangel?

For the Elites it's always "Us vs. Them." No wonder Charlie looked so smug for someone who should have been worried about being locked up for the rest of his damned life. Same with Maxine Waters.

We can also assume King must have skeletons in his own closet that need to remained locked.

23 posted on 12/02/2010 4:14:37 PM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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To: jazusamo; All

Dis you notice how the House members first voted for the amendment and again when they voted for the censure the chairman took an oral vote and both times said it was his ‘opinion’ that the amendment passed and that the vote for censure failed. Both times he was proven wrong and by a very wide margin. Interesting how the rules allow for that bastard to try and hijack the vote based on his ‘opinion’.


24 posted on 12/02/2010 4:15:57 PM PST by South40 (If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. ~Thomas Paine)
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To: jazusamo
They should have sprayed him down with engine degreaser before letting him in the house!
25 posted on 12/02/2010 4:18:18 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Iron Munro

Rep. Gohmert, R., TX. is doing a pretty good job of it now on CSPAN.


26 posted on 12/02/2010 4:18:19 PM PST by jch10 (Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war...)
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To: South40
Yes, I was watching it live and the Chair (don't know who it was) was pathetic, it was obvious he was wrong.

I had a video of Murtha pulling the same thing and I couldn't find it but just googled and got it. It's an OUTRAGE!

An Insult to Our Democracy – Murtha denies House vote! – VIDEO

27 posted on 12/02/2010 4:23:24 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: South40
Yes, I did notice that sit-in "speaker" getting away with murder in calling verbal votes for Rangel, when they were clearly audibly against Rangel.

Furthurmore, where is ethics action on dirty Reid? He used $3300 in campaign funds to buy Christmas gifts, for example. There are Tribe Bribes documented. There is a FR who authored a book on Reids criminality...

28 posted on 12/02/2010 4:25:02 PM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: jazusamo

Man the liberals got sold a bag of crap in this guy.


29 posted on 12/02/2010 4:26:56 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: jazusamo

As he wept and mopped his weary eyes with his silken hankie, he felt so demoralized and beaten down....

*sob*

RULING CLASS BUMP


30 posted on 12/02/2010 4:32:04 PM PST by Humidston (For the first time in my adult life I FEAR my government.)
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To: jazusamo
Hi-dee, Hi-dee, Hi-dee, HO...

RANGEL Cab


31 posted on 12/02/2010 4:36:55 PM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: Conservative Tsunami
King actually defended Rangel?

Yes he did; I watched the entire thing on C-APAN. King also said he would vote NO on the censure.

32 posted on 12/02/2010 4:54:02 PM PST by South40 (If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. ~Thomas Paine)
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To: jazusamo
Censure is nothing but a word. Nothing more.

Our ENTIRE govt. is as corrupt as the Mexican drug lords.

33 posted on 12/02/2010 5:04:14 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: All
There is now a 4:10 minute video of Pelosi and Rangel in this NLPC article:

House Votes to Censure Rep. Charles Rangel

Charlie lies.

34 posted on 12/02/2010 6:04:15 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: South40
He was one of the two Pubbies voting "no"? Et tu, Peter King?
35 posted on 12/02/2010 9:10:10 PM PST by Conservative Tsunami
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