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Rangel sues Boehner seeking to overturn House Ethics censure
The Hill ^ | April 22, 2013 | Mike Lillis

Posted on 04/22/2013 2:34:19 PM PDT by jazusamo

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is suing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and six other lawmakers, charging that they mishandled the Ethics investigation that led to his public censure in late 2010.

In a complaint filed Monday in federal court in Washington D.C., Rangel claims the Ethics Committee that investigated his alleged wrongdoing are guilty of "numerous flagrant, knowing and intentional violations" of his due process rights.

House members who approved his censure were "knowingly deceived" by the committee leaders – including then-Chairman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and ranking member Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) – into thinking that the probe "had been conducted in accordance with procedural rules and the protection of [Rangel's] constitutional rights," the complaint adds.

The other lawmakers named in the suit are Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Gregg Harper (R-Mo.). Conaway and Dent were also members of the Ethics Committee behind the investigation.

Rangel was the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee when a series of mounting ethics charges forced him to step down. He was replaced by Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), who remains the top Democrat on the panel.

A House GOP aide was quick to dismiss the suit on Monday.

"The House overwhelmingly voted to censure then-Chairman Rangel by a bipartisan vote of 333-79," the aide said. "It’s sad that he has resorted to such tactics in the face of damning evidence."

Rangel's office declined to comment, deflecting questions to the lawyers handling the case.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 113th; boehner; braking; censure; ethics; frivolouslawsuit; rangel
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Poor senile old Charlie. lol
1 posted on 04/22/2013 2:34:19 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Fat, beach napin’, tax cheat.


2 posted on 04/22/2013 2:36:20 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo

You can’t do that to me! Look at me, are you blind?


3 posted on 04/22/2013 2:37:23 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: Paladin2

I am sure the D.C. Circuit Judge’s remedy will be to make Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House ....


4 posted on 04/22/2013 2:38:12 PM PDT by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: Paladin2
BUMP!!


5 posted on 04/22/2013 2:39:35 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
Senile Charlie? Or an attempt to create another diversionary circus,something the press will follow in great detail while ignoring the economy and everything else that IS important?
6 posted on 04/22/2013 2:40:06 PM PDT by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences...)
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To: jazusamo

OH MY FREAKING GOD! Charlie “Tax Cheat” Rangel, a BLACK MAN, is made to account for his crimes through a sternly-worded reprimand that will “go in his file.”

“Please massa! Don’t tro me in dat dere briah patch!”

This is a such a joke. Any white man or Republican would just suck it up and move on. Rangel’s gonna play the black card like the Ace up the sleeve of every black politician and try for what? Get his “record expunged?” Please! The man’s a freakin’ criminal. This one incident is a puss-filled boil on Rangel’s criminally imbecilic ass!


7 posted on 04/22/2013 2:41:34 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: jazusamo
Poor senile old Charlie. lol

Yeah, but he's more likable then Boehner.

8 posted on 04/22/2013 2:42:20 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: jazusamo

Thanx, I wuz gonna go look for that corroboration.


9 posted on 04/22/2013 2:44:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo

The corrupt bastard should be serving his next term in prison.


10 posted on 04/22/2013 2:48:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yep, he should be in a federal slammer now for his tax evasion.


11 posted on 04/22/2013 2:51:08 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
The House has their own rules. They can vote to censure you because you have bad breath, and there's nothing you can do about it.

I really wonder if Rangel has thought this through. His censure has disappeared down the memory rathole along with every other Democrat that has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. The state-run media only reports Republican misdeeds in retrospective.

All he is doing is bringing this back to the front page (or at least page 2). Of course, it won't make a bit of difference to his constituents. He has made a career of blaming his (and his constituents) troubles on someone else, or another group of people. He is just reading from the same tired playbook.

12 posted on 04/22/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: jazusamo
Here is a summary of a few of the crimes of Charlie Rangel - “The biggest Crook in Congress”.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-biggest-crook-congress-stealing-millions-charlie-rangel-mind-your-own-g-d-business

13 posted on 04/22/2013 2:52:12 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: jazusamo

Retry him and this time expel him.


14 posted on 04/22/2013 2:54:21 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: jazusamo

You know...this could be great satire....hard to believe it is not...


15 posted on 04/22/2013 2:55:21 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: jazusamo

The Courts have no authority in this matter.
U.S. Constitution
Article 1; Section 5; paragraph 2:
“Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member”


16 posted on 04/22/2013 2:56:28 PM PDT by MCF
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To: jazusamo

I am sitting here thinking back. Nope. I can not remember falling in to a hole and ending up in some kind of parallel universe. A universe where the wrong doers sue the folks that convicted them. But I must have. That is where we are. A universe where wrong is right and right is bad. In the immortal words of William Wallace as spoken by Mel Gibson, “We are Fooked.”


17 posted on 04/22/2013 2:57:03 PM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: jazusamo
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Leave Charlie alone!!!

18 posted on 04/22/2013 2:57:35 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

Isn’t Rangel just like a rash you can’t reach?


19 posted on 04/22/2013 2:58:40 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: jazusamo

Didja move yer car yet, Charlie?


20 posted on 04/22/2013 3:05:01 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: jazusamo

That suit will get tossed early on a separation of powers argument.


21 posted on 04/22/2013 3:09:53 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: jazusamo
should’ve completed the job when they had the chance. It's just like kicking somebodies ass, you beat on them until they are ready to thank you for stopping. Bonehead is just one disaster after another and never does what needs to be done for the people. He really needs to be removed as speaker!!! So what if he cries, he'll get over it.
22 posted on 04/22/2013 3:10:06 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: jazusamo
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23 posted on 04/22/2013 3:11:23 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: rarestia

He acts like his pension was reduced because of this nothing punishment. The American people should be suing his ass for all the damn money he stoled from us.


24 posted on 04/22/2013 3:14:57 PM PDT by kempster
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To: justlurking

I figured as much and doubt Charlie has thought it through. Thanks.


25 posted on 04/22/2013 3:16:59 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: smoothsailing

LOL! That’s a hoot:)


26 posted on 04/22/2013 3:18:40 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Old tax cheat Charlie is just like the enemy. He sees a weak leader and goes in for the kill. Boehner is a wuss and deserves whatever....


27 posted on 04/22/2013 3:18:58 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: jazusamo

Maybe Boner should move farther to the left. That oughta fix it.


28 posted on 04/22/2013 3:21:33 PM PDT by mykroar (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.-Thomas Paine)
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To: MCF; circlecity
I agree.

But Scotus did not when it came to Rangel's predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell, another Harlem scumbag.

Adam Clayton Powell pecked at his fellow representatives from his unassailable perch in New York's Harlem. Powell had been embroiled in controversy inside and outside Washington. When Powell failed to heed civil proceedings against him in New York, a judge held him in criminal contempt. His problems were only beginning. He won reelection in 1966 but the House of Representatives voted to exclude him.

Powell v. McCormack/Opinion of the Court.

Conclusion.

To summarize, we have determined the following: (1) This case has not been mooted by Powell's seating in the 91st Congress. (2) Although this action should be dismissed against respondent Congressmen, it mayb e sustained against their agents. (3) The 90th Congress' denial of membership to Powell cannot be treated as an expulsion. (4) We have jurisdiction over the subject matter of this controversy. (5) The case is justiciable.

Further, analysis of the 'textual commitment' under Art. I, § 5 (see Part VI, B (1)), has demonstrated that in judging the qualifications of its members Congress is limited to the standing qualifications prescribed in the Constitution. Respondents concede that Powell met these. Thus, there is no need to remand this case to determine whether he was entitled to be seated in the 90th Congress. Therefore, we hold that, since Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was duly elected by the voters of the 18th Congressional District of New York and was not ineligible to serve under any provision of the Constitution, the House was without power to exclude him from its membership.

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Powell_v._McCormack/Opinion_of_the_Court

Now, Rangel was censured and not booted from Congress like Powell, but Scotus got away with overturning a decision by three fourths of the House of Reps.

Boehner should ( he won't ) let the federal blackrobes know ahead of time that he doesn't give a rip what the d@mn courts have to say.

29 posted on 04/22/2013 3:31:03 PM PDT by Jacquerie (How few were left who had seen the republic! - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: jazusamo

Cripes.
He should be in prison.
He’s a disgrace.


30 posted on 04/22/2013 3:56:46 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx
Exactly, my FRiend.

Justice was not served when he was finally nailed, he came out of it with less than a slap on the wrist.

31 posted on 04/22/2013 3:59:31 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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32 posted on 04/22/2013 3:59:32 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: jazusamo

I see that Jim put it best....LOL.


33 posted on 04/22/2013 4:00:36 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Tupelo

Isaiah 5:20-23 NKJV

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!


34 posted on 04/22/2013 4:11:26 PM PDT by Blackhawk (God said it, I believe it, That settles it. Forever. Amen.)
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To: smoothsailing

Coca-Cola all over my keyboard.

I’m gonna sue you smoothsailing.:-)


35 posted on 04/22/2013 4:19:37 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: jazusamo
Arrogance to the nth power.

"I make laws for other people. They don't apply to ME!".

36 posted on 04/22/2013 4:36:52 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Kay Ludlow

Remember how Jack Kemp was always going around saying, “my friend Charlie Rangel” ad nauseum. He also did the same for Al Gore.


37 posted on 04/22/2013 4:47:36 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: jazusamo

People in NYC truly believe in ol’ Charlie, just like Jack Kemp did!


38 posted on 04/22/2013 4:49:07 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Jim Robinson

Maybe though..we can hope that Rangel takes Boehner down with him...a girl can dream, can’t she? LOL!!


39 posted on 04/22/2013 5:31:42 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Kevin in California

LOL! But ain’t they a purty couple! :o)


40 posted on 04/22/2013 5:37:54 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

But he’s BLACK!


41 posted on 04/22/2013 5:38:14 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: jazusamo

The single reason he’s not in prison is...


42 posted on 04/22/2013 5:46:49 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: rarestia
Any white man or Republican would just suck it up and move on.

Likely from a jail cell.

43 posted on 04/22/2013 5:48:50 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: MCF
U.S. Constitution

As if that old document mattered.

44 posted on 04/22/2013 5:50:33 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: jazusamo
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is suing Speaker John Boehner ...charging that they mishandled the Ethics investigation that led to his public censure in late 2010.

When Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House....
Rangel has jumped the shark.

45 posted on 04/22/2013 5:50:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: jazusamo

Boehner will NEVER take that lying down!....oh, wait!


46 posted on 04/22/2013 5:52:20 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Jacquerie
Adam Clayton Powell pecked at his fellow representatives from his unassailable perch in New York's Harlem.

I recall him drinking Mint Juleps on the back of his boat in Bimini, daring them to do anything.

47 posted on 04/22/2013 5:56:26 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: Stosh

“Retry him and this time expel him.”

Exactly. Charlie is correct. His case was mishandled. The fact he wasn’t expelled by the spineless Republicans was a disgrace.


48 posted on 04/22/2013 7:06:17 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: dragonblustar

Maybe,but I’d keep a hand on my wallet when Charlie’s in the room.


49 posted on 04/22/2013 7:08:01 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: jazusamo

If Boehner wasn’t such a wuss, he would call for Tax Cheat Rangel REMOVAL FROM CONGRESS.


50 posted on 04/22/2013 7:10:19 PM PDT by eyeamok
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