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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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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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To: jazusamo

Move On.


51 posted on 04/22/2013 7:10:37 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jazusamo

Charlie is prime example of the jerks in Congress making life changing decision for this once Great Nation...

TERM LIMIT ARE A MUST...


52 posted on 04/22/2013 8:35:53 PM PDT by haircutter (,,,)
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To: jazusamo

If the House wasn’t located in Oz along the Yellow Brick Rd, Rangel would be wearing an orange jumpsuit at Club Fed....were he either you or I that’s where he would be.....The whole government is corrupt and the proof is that Rangel is still a member of Congress....


53 posted on 04/22/2013 10:34:52 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: jazusamo
I'm sure Boehnor’s already prepared a statement conceding to Rangels demands.

Guys, answer me this; what has being faithful members of the Republican party gotten us? Rush and Mark always remind us that third parties don't work, and are a waste of time. I'm realizing that the only power I have left as a voter, is to change my party affiliation. The only way I can tell the GOPe to go to H*ll is to become an Independent, or simply not vote.

I'm to the point where I think elections really don't matter anymore. I ask again, what has our loyalty to the GOP gotten us? NOTHING!

I'm done with the GOP. Let them go and get the support they crave from the illegals, independents, and moderates.

54 posted on 04/22/2013 11:13:13 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: justlurking

This is about having a lawsuit...any lawsuit..to form a defense fund for...which he can shake people down for contributions....aka a Charlie Rangel Retirement Slushfund.


55 posted on 04/22/2013 11:53:42 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: smoothsailing

You should have Nancy Pelosi stand next to her, too, holding a giant gavel.


56 posted on 04/22/2013 11:59:50 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: jazusamo

Senile? Maybe

But this is about playing the race card not senility.


57 posted on 04/23/2013 3:42:22 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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58 posted on 04/23/2013 6:45:34 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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