Skip to comments.Rangel sues Boehner seeking to overturn House Ethics censure
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. "Its 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.
Fat, beach napin’, tax cheat.
You can’t do that to me! Look at me, are you blind?
I am sure the D.C. Circuit Judge’s remedy will be to make Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House ....
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!
Yeah, but he's more likable then Boehner.
Thanx, I wuz gonna go look for that corroboration.
The corrupt bastard should be serving his next term in prison.
Yep, he should be in a federal slammer now for his tax evasion.
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.
Retry him and this time expel him.
You know...this could be great satire....hard to believe it is not...
The Courts have no authority in this matter.
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”
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.”
Isn’t Rangel just like a rash you can’t reach?
Didja move yer car yet, Charlie?