Skip to comments.Boehner, House Honor Charlie Rangel Despite His Questionable Past
Posted on 09/24/2011 5:16:15 AM PDT by IbJensen
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other House leaders paid tribute to Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on September 22, despite the fact that he was overwhelmingly censured by the House less than a year ago for ethics violations and has a history of courtship with Soviet and Communist subversive activities.
In December 2010, when the House was controlled by the Democratic majority of the 111th Congress, Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly voted 333-79 to censure Congressman Rangel with regard to unpaid taxes on property he owned in the Dominican Republican, other hidden assets, and for improper use of the his campaign office to raise funds for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York all of which are clear violations of House rules.
Congressional leaders, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Speaker of the House John Boehner still felt it prudent to honor the former head of the Ways and Means Committee with a special reception and the unveiling of a portrait in the Longworth House Office Building.
The FEC granted Rangel permission to cover the cost of the lavish portrait estimated at $65,000 with funds from his campaign office. According to records, this is exactly what he did in 2008 as he also unethically used his campaign office to raise funds for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York.
The improper use of campaign funds, which led to his 2010 censure stripping him of the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, is not the only stain on his reputation. Rangel has also in the past courted Americas enemies: the KGB, the Soviet Union, and Communists.
In the book KGB Today: The Hidden Hand, published in 1983 by Readers Digest Press, author John Barron revealed that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in a secret session in July 1982, deleted whole pages from a World Peace Council (WPC) brocuhure in order to protect the names of affiliated Democratic lawmakers including Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. The secret session was held on the subject of Soviet Active Measures and Soviet involvement in the peace movement. The WPC document was pertinent to the Intelligence Committee because of the WPCs role as a front organization for the Soviet Union within the United States. The Committee labeled 48-page brochure Exhibit XI Materials from World Peace Council Presidential Committee Meeting, Washington, D.C., [January] 25-28, 1978.
Then-FBI Assistant Director for Intelligence Edward OMalley gave testimony of the Soviet Unions involvement with the WPC:
The World Peace Council is, of course, the largest and most active Soviet front organization, with affiliates in approximately 135 countries. The WPC is one of the major Soviet instruments for political action and propaganda in the peace movement.
Barron further stated, Agent Chandra, Colonel Radomir Bogdanov of the KGB and Oleg Kharkhardin of the International Department delighted in including members of Congress to join in discussions of peace and disarmament. [Emphasis added.]
The WPC published the 48-page brochure to herald its triumphant victory in opening its then-new Information Centre in Washington, D.C. effectively giving the Soviet Union another base of operations (in addition to their official embassy) from which to conduct their active sabotage in the nations capital while at the same time influencing certain members of Congress.
Omitted from the brochures exhibition in the House Intelligence Committee were pages 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 45, 46, 47, and 48. Omitted page 4 stated the following:
The wide interest in the work of the Bureau and the Dialogue was indicated by the participation in the sessions and also in special meetings inside the U.S. Congress itself of Bureau members with several Congressmen among which were Congressmen John Burton, Ted Weiss, Ronald Dellums, John Conyers, Jr., Don Edwards, Charles Rangel and others.
Congressman Rangel is seen on page 19 in a photograph, the caption of which reads: Congressman Charles Rangel (left) and Congressman Don Edwards addressing participants in the WPC events.
Like then-Rep. Leon Panetta (D-Calif.), now Secretary of Defense, who had ties with the pro-Sandinista Soviet-backed Institute for Policy Studies, Rep. Rangel is also documented as having collaborated with another Soviet-front organization in Washington, D.C. the World Peace Council.
Rangels courtship with Communists didnt end with the Cold War. The May 3, 1997 issue of the Peoples Weekly World newspaper a publication affiliated with the Communist Party and a member of the International Labor Communications Association published an article entitled Peoples Weekly World $400,000 fund drive begins. The article said that the New York Friends of the Peoples Weekly World hosted a Freedom Seder at the Winston Union Auditorium in New York for the purpose of raising money and that the guests included then-Communist Party USA National Chair Gus Hall and his wife Elizabeth. According to the article, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, and city council members Gilford Miller and Tom Duane sent greetings.
Overlooking these ethics violations, censure, and courtship with communist subversive activities, Speaker Boehner and other House leaders still took the time to bestow the honors of a reception ceremony and portrait upon Rep. Rangel in Congress.
What a disgusting development for Americans who truly hunger for a CHANGE that would revert back to pre-1913 times! Our new squeaker is as ignorant and stupid as the gaggle that's truly America's enemy!
I, for one, will be on the bandwagon of the young man who wants to replace Boner in this next election.
"Questionable past????" If he wasn't a congressman he'd be in jail.
They eat, drink & perhaps sleep together. It’s just an old boys club, a game. America should come first, not their party.
Explains a lot.
Way to go, Boner! Remind us why we need to get rid of all you “GOP” douchebags!
That is disgusting.
The Speaker MUST have a core principle that the good ol’ boys club is sacrosanct no matter what egregious behavior is committed by the good ol’ boys
Rangel is an arrogant patronizing POS and a tax cheat who spends his career as a demagogue against conservative working taxpayers
Men like Rangel and enablers like Boehner both have to GO
Its called The RinoCracy....and the American Two Party system is the RinoCracy vs. Flyover Country.
Wanna see my putter?
They wonder why they shouldn’t be in office.
Nothing but a bunch of G.D. traitors. Their day is coming.
Crybaby boehner needs to go
Anyone else; ANYONE else, would be in prison.
What was a Korean War Vet like Charlie "Bring Back the Draft" Rangel doing speaking at a PRO-NORTH KOREA Workers World Party event?? Hannity and O'Reilly never quite got around to asking him.
Note: the page (on the Workers World Party website) with this photo has recently been removed.
But here's other evidence of his speaking at the event:
"Among the many speakers were elected representativesU.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and New York City Council members Charles Barron and Margarita Lopezwho have bucked their party to come out against the war. Barron has also introduced a Troops Out Now resolution in the City Council."--Workers World Party
Workers World Party: From Harlem to mayors mansion, marchers say, ''Bring the troops home now!'
55 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011
Troops Out Now Coalition
55 W. 17th St. #5C
NY NY 10011
"Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il...
With his leadership [Kim Il Sung], the Korean people defeated the Japanese colonial occupation and soon after brought about the first defeat of the U.S. imperialist military machine. ...
Workers World Party values our close, comradely relations with the Workers Party of Korea very highly. We are proud to have known Kim Il Sung as a great leader and a comrade in the international communist movement. ..."
With comradely solidarity, Sam Marcy Chairperson, Workers World Party" (1994):
Also speaking at the rally above was communist attorney/terrorist defender, Lynne Stewart. The event marked the 2nd anniversary of the start of the Iraq war (March 19, 2005).
JOE GARCIA AND HIS CORRUPT, PRO-CASTRO FRIEND CHARLIE RANGEL (D-NY):
"Rangel is an avowed admirer of the former Cuban President Fidel Castro. In April 1993, the congressman introduced legislation to repeal the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, which ended U.S. assistance to the Castro government, and to lift the American embargo against Cuba. When Castro toured Harlem in October of 1995, Rangel greeted him with a bear hug at an event in a local church, where the congressman joined in a prolonged standing ovation for the visiting dictator."
Congress has a lot of class ,,,, mostly LOW !!!
Click to hear Rangel - ''I'm here''