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  • After censure, Rangel faces new ethics probe

    12/06/2010 10:35:03 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/10 09:52 AM ET | Jordan Fabian
    Censured Rep. Charles Rangel is not in the clear yet when it comes to his ethics problems: he faces a Federal Election Commission (FEC) probe into alleged misuse of campaign funds for his legal defense. The FEC, according to the New York Post, has taken up a complaint filed by the right-leaning National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) that Rangel (D-N.Y.) used funds from his National Leadership PAC to pay for legal counsel for the House ethics case that ended in his censure last week. To avoid paying legal services out of their own pockets, lawmakers are only permitted to...
  • Rangel Confronted With New Ethics Allegations (He's pathetic in video)

    12/06/2010 11:39:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 6, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Appearing on New York City's Channel 5 this morning, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) was asked about allegations that he improperly used funds from his so-called National Leadership PAC for his legal defense in his House ethics case. Rangel responded by calling the allegations "ridiculous" and attacking NLPC.Video & article My Fox New York 7:02 minutes The allegations were first made by NLPC in a Complaint to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on November 29.  The New York Post reported yesterday that the FEC has opened an investigation as a result. Drudge linked to the Post story today. Katrina Trinko...
  • Rangel in deeper with new ethics charge

    12/05/2010 5:42:55 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/05/10 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    The Federal Election Commission is investigating a complaint that Rep. Charles Rangel improperly used his National Leadership PAC to fund his legal defense on ethics charges for which he was censured Thursday, The Post has learned. * * * The center expects to file a second complaint this week contending that Rangel's PAC money included at least $195,000 in donations from lobbyists with business before the House Ways & Means Committee, of which he is a member.
  • Have You No Shame, Charlie Rangel?

    12/05/2010 8:29:45 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/05/10 | Friends of Ours
    Last week the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted by a margin of 333 over 79 to censure former Ways and Means Committee Chair Charlie Rangel for a series of ethical violations. * * * And yet the fallen Representative has no shame. In a Nixonian riff he insists "I am not corrupt," and with an Alice-in-Wonderland logic insists he was not motivated by personal gain. * * * Instead of accepting responsibility for his ethical violations Rangel blames political persecution. Of course, if anyone understands the mix of politics and crime it's Charlie Rangel. In 2006 Rangel attempted to...
  • Censured Rangel Says He Still Loves Congress(What's not to love?He's found a pot of gold in his job)

    12/04/2010 8:11:44 PM PST · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/4/10
    U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel returned to his home turf in the city's Harlem neighborhood on Saturday, saying he still loves Congress -- despite a showdown with colleagues over ethics violations that led to his censure by the House. "I have not lost my ability to love the Congress and to love this country," the 80-year-old Democrat told reporters at Harlem Hospital, where a crowd at a town hall meeting gave him a standing, cheering ovation as he entered. Dapper in a dark suit and tie, Rangel appeared confident and as defiant as ever about the allegations that led to his...
  • Skit on Imus: "Bill Clinton" Offers Advice to "Charlie Rangel" Following Censure – Video

    12/04/2010 7:35:20 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 4, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video from the Don Imus show yesterday where he had actors on portraying Charlie Rangel and Bill Clinton. “Bill Clinton” reacts to Charlie Rangel being censured by the U.S. House of Representatives, and offers some advice to him on how he should proceed from here!
  • Project 21's Kevin Martin on the Censure of Charlie Rangel

    12/03/2010 12:27:07 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 17 replies · 3+ views
    Conservativeblog.org ^ | 3 December 2010 | Trueblackman
    After a vote of 333-79 in the U.S. House of Representatives to censure the veteran lawmaker, justice was served in the two-and-a-half year, $2 million ethics investigation of Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY). Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) then called Rangel to the well of the House, where she publicly read him the list of his crimes. It lasted less that a minute. Less than 45 seconds, in fact. Then, Congress was on to new business. In January, Rangel will be sworn in for his 21st term with the legislative body. Justice was served? Project 21 member Kevin...
  • NBC Journalist Defends Rangel: 'He's Not a Crook'

    12/03/2010 11:08:53 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 25 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/3/10 | Aurelius
    In the last month, Representative Charles Rangel was found guilty of eleven ethics violations for lying, failing to pay taxes, and improper solicitation. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to censure him, 333-79. And yet there are still those who will put all of that aside and shun truth. One of these people is Gabe Pressman. In an article entitled "In Defense of Charles Rangel," Pressman does all he can to paint the corrupt Congressman as someone who's only "sin" was "sloppiness." Taking Rangel's side and taking Rangel's statements as facts, Pressman writes: "So what exactly did this man...
  • With Censure, Charles Rangel Joins Infamous List in History of Congress

    12/02/2010 8:16:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | DEcember 2, 2010 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    Rep. Charles Rangel becomes the 23rd member of the House to be censured, Congress's harshest punishment short of expulsion. The vote in favor of censure was 333 to 79. This television screen grab shows Rep. Charles Rangel standing in the well on the House floor while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reads the censure resolution passed by the House on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday. In a rare move, the House on Thursday voted, 333 to 79, to censure 15-term Rep. Charles Rangel (D) of New York for 11 ethics violations ranging from failure to disclose income to violating House...
  • House Censures Rangel

    12/02/2010 4:53:24 PM PST · by speciallybland · 37 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 12/02/2010 | Billy House
    In a historic action against one of its own, the House Thursday voted 333 to 79 to censure Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 charges of violating rules of the chamber -- a vote that overwhelming yet clearly wrenching for many of his colleagues. Following the vote, Rangel walked down to the well of the House to receive his public rebuke, alone and looking somber, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) read a list of the violations. When she concluded, Rangel responded, "I just want all of you to know that I know in all my heart that I will not...
  • House Censures Charles Rangel; Ex-Ways and Means Chair DID Profit From Corruption

    12/02/2010 3:48:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 2, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    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...
  • Full House Votes On (tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel Censure Today

    12/02/2010 12:03:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12/02/10
    Full House Votes On Rangel Censure TodayDecember 2, 2010 12:12 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The once powerful Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel lobbied colleagues against long odds Thursday in an effort to receive punishment milder than censure by the House for ethical misconduct. A half-dozen supporters spoke on Rangel’s behalf at a closed-door Democratic meeting hours before the House was to discipline the New York Democrat for financial and fundraising misconduct. But Rangel would need to overcome the 9-1 vote for censure from an ethics panel that has five members from each party. “I think it’s important for members on...
  • We Welcome Charles Rangel Censure, But Criminal Prosecution Must Follow

    12/02/2010 12:02:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 2, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      Today's imminent censure of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is the result of Ethics Committee investigations that went much further than we expected, even after we exposed Rangel's failure to pay taxes on income from his Dominican Republic beach house and his acceptance of corporate-funded Caribbean junkets.Rangel filed the ethics complaint against himself in late 2008. He no doubt expected the Committee to cover up for him, fulfilling the same role it has played during Rangel's 40 years in Congress. Rangel seems amazed that the accusations against him could result in his censure. Perhaps he feels betrayed by the...
  • Complaint Filed with FEC Alleging Rangel Campaign Cash Irregularities

    12/01/2010 3:08:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 1, 2010 | Patrick Richardson
    The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a non-profit watchdog group, has filed a complaint against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) with the Federal Election Commission, alleging Rangel illegally used nearly $400,000 from his National Leadership PAC to pay the legal team defending him on ethics charges before the House of Representatives. NLPC filed the complaint Monday and posted it on their website Tuesday.Rangel was recently convicted of 11 of 13 ethics violations and is facing reprimand or censure by the full House. He retained former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis. Rangel’s principal campaign committee, Rangel for Congress, paid...
  • Rangel asks supporters to call Capitol switchboard (chutzpah by a Putz Ping!

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel of New York asked 25,000 campaign donors Wednesday to call the Capitol switchboard and urge their representatives to vote against censuring him for ethical misconduct. There's only one problem. For many of them, Rangel is their congressman. Rangel, 80, a Democrat who has served his Harlem district for 40 years, faces a scheduled censure vote Thursday. He's likely to become the 23rd House member ever to receive the most serious punishment short of expulsion — and the first since 1983. He's seeking a lesser reprimand for fundraising and financial violations, including failure to pay taxes...
  • 2 House ethics attorneys suspended (includes lead attorney on Maxine Waters case)

    11/30/2010 7:19:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/30/10 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    2 House ethics attorneys suspendedBy JOHN BRESNAHAN Updated: 11/30/10 9:21 PM EST Two attorneys for the House ethics committee have been placed on indefinite “paid administrative leave” stemming from serious problems within the secretive panel. Morgan Kim, the deputy chief counsel and the lead attorney on the case of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), is one of the attorneys placed on leave, said several sources familiar with the controversy. Stacy Sovereign, another committee lawyer, was also put on leave, these sources said. Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign...
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel Censure Heads to House Floor

    11/30/2010 9:18:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 11/29/10
    Rangel Censure Heads to House FloorUpdated: Monday, 29 Nov 2010, 9:15 PM EST (NewsCore) - The House ethics committee Monday night sent its censure resolution of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) to the House floor. Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) confirmed the move to Fox News Channel. The resolution is "privileged," meaning it goes immediately to the front of the legislative line. The House either considers the resolution right away, or can wait no more than two days to debate it. Rangel told Fox he has not been informed when the resolution would come up. "It's up to the chairman," said...
  • NLPC Alleges Rangel Illegally Used Leadership PAC Funds for Legal Defense (FEC complaint filed)

    11/30/2010 8:37:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 30, 2010 | Ken Boehm
      NLPC yesterday filed a Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by using almost $400,000 in funds from his National Leadership PAC to pay legal bills related to the House Ethics Committee actions against him. The Committee yesterday referred a censure resolution to the entire House after earlier this month finding Rangel guilty of violating House rules on 11 counts. Click here to download an 11-page pdf of the Complaint.As the Complaint points out: Members of Congress may use funds from their personal re-election committees for...
  • Give Me the Rangel Tax Form Please!

    11/30/2010 6:46:09 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 10 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Nov. 30th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Give me the tax form Charlie Rangel uses. Give me the leeway that Charlie Rangel has been given. Give me the same punishment that Charlie Rangel is going to endure. If all Americans could skate on tax charges this easily, none of us would pay taxes and all of us would take a tongue lashing from Nancy Pelosi.
  • (Tax-cheat) Charlie to beg: Gimme a break! (Chart shows no bribes or sexual misconduct)

    11/29/2010 7:51:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/29/10 | S.A. MILLER
    Charlie to beg: Gimme a break!Desperate House ploy weeks after walkout By S.A. MILLER Post Correspondent Last Updated: 8:55 AM, November 29, 2010 WASHINGTON -- What gall! In a last-ditch effort to save his scandal-scarred name, disgraced Rep. Charles Rangel is asking to speak before the House in an effort to land a more lenient penalty for his widespread ethics abuses -- just two weeks after he brazenly walked out of the first day of his trial. The Harlem Democrat plans to argue -- as he has all along -- that his violations were innocent mistakes and not the schemes...
  • Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me

    11/28/2010 4:54:49 PM PST · by EveningStar · 80 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 28, 2010 | Ben Stein
    ...In unbelievably difficult service in the Korean War, his unit was swamped, cut off, overwhelmed by hordes of Red Chinese crossing into Korea. In the worst cold weather imaginable, under fire, starving, acting Sergeant Charles Rangel, in a black unit led mostly by white officers, took a large group of men, led them by example, lifted their morale, as they fought their way out to safety. Men were being shot, freezing, getting captured all around him, yet he got most of his men out...
  • Charles Rangel urges reprimand, not censure

    11/28/2010 11:30:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | November 28, 2010 | John Bresnahan
    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) wants the House to issue a formal reprimand — rather than the more serious censure — as his punishment for violating ethics rules. Sources with knowledge of Rangel’s plans also said the 80-year-old New York Democrat will ask the House ethics committee, which found him guilty of 11 ethics violations Nov. 16, for permission to speak to the full House before any sanction is carried out. These sources also noted that Rangel had signed an agreement in late July — which Republicans on the committee ultimately rejected — admitting to several ethics violations with reprimand as...
  • Rangel‘s ’Last Stand’: Congressman Wants House to Reject Censure

    11/28/2010 10:02:29 AM PST · by SumProVita · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 28, 2010 | Scott Baker
    Rep. Charles Rangel isabout make a last stand to attempt to save his reputation by explaining to the House that a censure should only be for crooked politicians. Then he's going to argue that he is not a crooked politician. (This is a rewording form the site.) Go to the source to get full information.
  • Congressional Ethics: Wrangling With Rangel

    11/26/2010 10:55:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Ledger ^ | November 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Americans hate Congress, but love their congressmen. Sadly, the people with the power to take strong action against errant congressmen continue to let them give the institution a bad name. There was "clear and convincing evidence" gathered by the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct that Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., violated the U.S. Code, the Code of Ethics for Government Service, the congressional franking regulations and official House rules and codes.During the two-year investigation that led to the committee's findings, Rangel labeled his unethical actions as benign bookkeeping errors, accounting mistakes, misunderstandings and misrepresentations. In the case...
  • Rangel Supporters: "We Shall Overcome" ("and pay our taxes if we really have to")

    11/22/2010 6:35:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WNYC ^ | 11/22/10 | Arun Venugopal
    Rangel Supporters: "We Shall Overcome"By Arun Venugopal Monday, November 22, 2010 **SNIP** The crowd included Christian and Muslim clergy from Harlem, as well as Comptroller John Liu, council member Robert Jackson and former mayor David Dinkins. "There's nothing to be gained by seeking to further humiliate this great man," said Dinkins. "So it's my hope that those of us here gathered and others, that we'll make phone calls to members of the House, and persuade them to our point of view." Rangel is a popular figure in Harlem. Among the supporters who were out and about was a rapper, Pop-a-Lot,...
  • Former Mayor David Dinkins implores Congress not to censure embattled Rep. Charles Rangel

    11/22/2010 8:31:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/22/10 | ERIN EINHORN
    Until last week, former Mayor David Dinkins said he'd never seen Rep. Charlie Rangel, a dear friend, become emotional in public. "But he's never faced anything like this," Dinkins told the Daily News on Sunday outside a Harlem church where local leaders gathered to urge mercy for Rangel. Rangel choked up and wiped tears from his eyes on Thursday before a House ethics panel recommended he be censured for a host of infractions. It's a severe punishment that involves a public shaming before congressional colleagues "It was painful" to watch, Dinkins said. "I love him. He's my brother." Dinkins added,...
  • Charlie Rangel Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem

    Charlie Rangel, convicted of eleven ethics violations – the most ever found against any member of Congress – was resoundingly re-elected, getting 80% of his district’s vote. After 40 years representing these folks, you can’t conclude he was an unknown commodity. Granted, the conviction occurred after the election, but the charges were well publicized. Has Charlie Rangel’s leadership produced life so grand in Harlem that flagrant and persistent unethical behavior by their Congressman means nothing to its residents? The national poverty rate is around 14%. In the 15th district of New York, Charlie Rangel’s district, it’s 24.3%. The child poverty...
  • Rangel's supporters urge 'no' vote on censure (And YOU TOO can cheat on your taxes! Whoo hoo!)

    11/21/2010 8:43:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    WXOW ^ | 11/21/10 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    Rangel's supporters urge 'no' vote on censureBy KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Updated: Nov 21, 2010 11:14 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Supporters of Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday that the Democratic lawmaker has been punished enough by the House ethics committee's two-year investigation and should not by censured by the full Congress. "Charlie Rangel is a giant," said former Mayor David Dinkins. "He's a man who has served not only the 15th Congressional District but this city. He's served this nation. .... There's nothing to be gained by seeking to further humiliate this great man." The House ethics committee...
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel Responds To Ethics Trial Via Twitter

    11/21/2010 6:40:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 11/21/10
    Rangel Responds To Ethics Trial Via TwitterNovember 21, 2010 8:57 AM NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Rep. Charlie Rangel is speaking out about his ethics trial. The House Ethics Committee recommended censure for the Congressman after the same panel convicted him of 11 violations, including failure to pay taxes and operating four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem instead of just one. Rangel responded to the case this weekend, posting an audio message on his Twitter page. “Of course I was really taken back and disappointed at the decision of the ethics committee. But I was gratified when I heard that in...
  • Rangel censure specter draws sadness, scorn in NY (Veep & RAT bigs hang him out to dry)

    11/20/2010 8:21:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/19/10 | Beth Fouhy
    Rangel censure specter draws sadness, scorn in NYBy Beth Fouhy, Associated Press – Fri Nov 19, 8:30 pm ET NEW YORK – The prospect of a public scolding in Washington for Rep. Charles Rangel over ethics violations has drawn both sadness and scorn in his Harlem neighborhood, where he was just re-elected with 81 percent of the vote and remains an icon to residents who say they'll be the ones to decide his political fate. "Charles Rangel has done so much for this community in the Congress, I think he should go out when he damn well pleases," said Rachel...
  • Censure: How the Other Half Punishes

    11/20/2010 7:18:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 19, 2010 | Mychal Massie
    Leave it to Congress to create a punishment one is hard-pressed to identify. Rangel deserves much worse, as his crimes would put you or me behind bars. Charles Rangel has been found guilty of 11 of the 13 charges filed against him, with two of the charges having been rolled into one. As punishment for his crimes/violations, the chief counsel of the House ethics committee, Blake Chisam, recommended a sentence of censure for the disgraced congressman to the full House, despite Rangel’s protestations for “a drop of fairness and mercy” in a prepared statement read prior to the start of...
  • Say goodbye, Charlie

    11/20/2010 1:47:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 19, 2010 | Editorial
    To just about everyone's surprise, the House Ethics Committee last night voted overwhelmingly to recommend that Rep. Charles Rangel be formally censured by the House of Representatives -- the most serious sanction short of outright expulsion. The committee's judgment was not only severe, it was genuinely bipartisan: Only one member of the 10-member panel, evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, dissented. Make no mistake. This was not the widely expected wrist-slap. If the House goes along with the recommendation, Rangel will be required to stand silently before all 434 members while his transgressions are spelled out and he is formally...
  • Committee Recommends Censure for Rangel

    11/18/2010 3:51:09 PM PST · by Panzerlied · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 18, 2010, 12:03 pm | Andy Newman
    The House ethics committee has recommended censure for Representative Charles B. Rangel for ethics violations. It was the committee’s counsel, R. Blake Chisam, who acted as prosecutor in the case, who recommended that Mr. Rangel be censured, a stronger punishment than a reprimand but well short of expulsion. Shortly before the committee of five Democrats and five Republicans began deliberations, Mr. Rangel, his voice cracking, pleaded for his colleagues to keep in mind that whatever his misdeeds, he was not corrupt. Mr. Rangel, 80, a Democrat who has represented Harlem since 1970, was found guilty on Tuesday of 11 breaches...
  • Tearful Charlie Rangel faces censure (Another House Ethics Committee Joke)

    11/18/2010 3:23:45 PM PST · by tobyhill · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/18/2010 | By JOHN BRESNAHAN & MARTIN KADY II
    As Rep. Charles Rangel pleaded for “fairness and mercy,” the ethics committee’s top lawyer has recommended a censure of the New York lawmaker, one of the harshest punishments that the House can deliver short of expulsion from Congress. The full ethics committee will go into a closed session Thursday afternoon to consider the punishment, just two days after a special ethics subcommittee found Rangel guilty on 11 counts of violating House rules. Rangel – who walked out of his ethics trial on Monday — brought some fresh drama to the hearing room once again Thursday, having civil rights legend Rep....
  • Ethics chief counsel recommends censure for Rangel

    11/18/2010 12:20:39 PM PST · by Skeez · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 18, 2010; 1:16 PM | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON -- The House ethics committee's chief counsel recommended Thursday that veteran Rep. Charles Rangel be censured for financial and fundraising misconduct as lawmakers neared closure on an embarassing 2 1/2-year-long scandal. Chief counsel Blake Chisman called for the punishment despite the veteran New York congressman's plea, in a prepared statement in advance of the hearing, for "a drop of fairness and mercy." If Chisam's recommendation is carried out, it would be the most serious punishment short of expulsion that could be meted out by the House. Chisam and Rangel argued their positions at a public hearing on sanctions, where...
  • Ethics chief counsel recommends censure for Rangel

    11/18/2010 10:47:55 AM PST · by Justaham · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1-18-10 | Larry Margasak
    The House ethics committee's chief counsel recommended Thursday that veteran Rep. Charles Rangel be censured for financial and fundraising misconduct as lawmakers neared closure on an embarrassing 2 1/2-year-long scandal. Chief counsel Blake Chisman called for the punishment despite the veteran New York congressman's plea, in a prepared statement in advance of the hearing, for "a drop of fairness and mercy." If Chisam's recommendation is carried out, it would be the most serious punishment short of expulsion that could be meted out by the House. Chisam and Rangel argued their positions at a public hearing on sanctions, where the 80-year-old...
  • Ranking Ethics Republican Rep. Jo Bonner Offers Scathing Rebuke of Embattled Charles Rangel (Video)

    11/18/2010 10:23:02 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 14 replies
    If you haven’t been keeping up, a Democratic institution in Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has been investigated by the House Ethics Committee. This has been an ongoing saga for several months, but finally the normally secretive Ethics committee is convening publicly over the Rangel matter. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., the ranking member of the committee and likely to be the chairman of this committee when the new Congress is sworn in, offered a harsh critique of Rangel, for his use rent-controlled apartments and evasion of taxes, despite being in charge of writing tax code. ...more (w/video)...
  • Punishment Phase for Charlie Rangel Set for Thursday

    11/18/2010 6:36:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    US News ^ | 11/17/10
    Punishment Phase for Charlie Rangel Set for ThursdayPosted: November 17, 2010 WASHINGTON — It took House investigators 2½ years and a jury of congressional peers two days to conclude Rep. Charles Rangel of New York violated House rules. A decision on his punishment will be much quicker. Possible sanctions include a House vote deploring his conduct, a fine and denial of certain privileges. The House ethics committee set a hearing Thursday on the appropriate punishment for Rangel, a Democrat who formerly wielded great influence as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. That's only two days after an ethics...
  • Charlie Rangel: "As Clean as the Driven Snow."

    11/17/2010 6:58:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/17/10 | Chad Pergram
    Charlie Rangel: "As Clean as the Driven Snow."by Chad Pergram | November 17, 2010 **SNIP** Rangel said he would pay the back taxes owed on the Caribbean vacation home and straighten out his House financial disclosure reports. And Rangel said he could explain the problem with the Congressional stationary. Plus, he argued he was on the right side of the law with the Manhattan apartments. But the story churned. It soon brewed into a political maelstrom. And after weeks of charges and sparring with reporters, Rangel had had enough. If people wanted to investigate him so badly, so be it....
  • Judicial Watch Statement: Rangel Should be Expelled from House of Representatives

    11/17/2010 1:53:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 17, 2010 | Tom Fitton
    “Rangel deserves more than a mere slap on the wrist; he should be expelled from Congress.” Washington, DC -- November 17, 2010Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today regarding the House Ethics Committee’s sanctions hearing slated for Thursday for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), who was convicted on Tuesday, November 16 on 11 counts of violating ethics rules: The House Ethics Committee finally did the right thing and convicted Charlie Rangel for his corrupt behavior. But there can be no justice for Charlie Rangel without a serious punishment for his unapologetic violations of law and ethics rules. Rangel...
  • Rev. Peterson Supports Rep. Rangel Ethics Conviction; Calls for Tough Punishment

    11/17/2010 9:25:13 AM PST · by abigail2 · 37 replies
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | November 17, 2010 | a
    Rev. Peterson Supports Rep. Rangel Ethics Conviction; Calls On Ethics Panel To Deliver Tough Punishment Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND Action, issued a statement in support of the House ethics panel decision to convict Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) of breaking ethics rules. An ethics panel of eight House members deliberated over two days and convicted the former Ways and Means chairman on 11 counts of financial and fundraising misconduct. The embattled 20-term congressman walked out of his own hearing and was not present when the verdict was announced. The full ethics committee will now conduct a...
  • Rangel Ethics Scandal Timeline (updated)

    11/17/2010 9:14:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 17, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      The start of the Rangel scandals can be pegged to to David Kocieniewski's New York Times story in July 2008. His article prompted us to begin our review of Rangel's finances, resulting in our exposé of Rangel's tax evasion and his acceptance of corporate-funded junkets.It should be noted, however, that New York Post reporter Geoff Earle wrote a year earlier about Rangel's solicitation of corporate money for the Rangel Center, the only matter on which Rangel was not convicted by the Ethics Commitee yesterday.July 23, 2007- Geoff Earle of the New York Post reports that Rangel is soliciting...
  • Guilty -- and still whining (Will tax-cheat Charlie Rangel's ploy work?)

    11/17/2010 6:43:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/17/10
    Guilty -- and still whiningLast Updated: 12:11 AM, November 17, 2010 For Charlie Rangel, it's all over but the wrist-slap. A panel of his congressional peers found the veteran Harlem pol guilty, guilty, guilty on 11 counts of ethics violations, and now the matter goes to the full House Ethics Committee for further consideration. Charlie wasn't buying it. "How can anyone have confidence in the decision of the Ethics Subcommittee when I was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room?" Rangel asked. But he wasn't "in the room" when the ethics panel...
  • Next for Rangel: Punishment

    11/16/2010 7:04:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | November 16, 2010 | John Bresnahan
    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is facing only scattered calls to resign following his stunning conviction by a special panel of the House ethics committee on 11 charges Tuesday. But that chorus may grow louder if his colleagues — especially Republicans — fail to see a harsh punishment imposed by the ethics committee. The ethics committee will meet Thursday to consider punishment for Rangel, and most House insiders expect a formal reprimand or censure — with almost no chance of expulsion. Rangel will be permitted to address the ethics committee and full House regarding his punishment. At this point, most of...
  • Rangel: There is "No Evidence of Corruption"

    11/16/2010 3:36:02 PM PST · by rightistight · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/16/10 | Aurelius
    Representative Charles Rangel was found guilty today of numerous ethics violations by a House Committee. While some would be humbled by the findings, Rangel is instead declaring that there is "no evidence of corruption" at all and that the Committee acted unconstitutionally. While many see Rangel's guilt as a slam dunk, and while others state that his corruption is irrefutable, Rangel does his best to discredit the panel that found him guilt. First he declares that there is absolutely no evidence against him, even though a panel of multiple people found him guilty on 11 counts of violations: Rangel then...
  • Rangel Is Found to Have Violated House Ethics Rules [update: guilty of all but one charge]

    11/16/2010 11:56:30 AM PST · by Racehorse · 77 replies
    New York Times ^ | 16 November 2010 | David Kocieniewski
    A House panel on Tuesday found Representative Charles B. Rangel guilty of 11 counts of ethical violations, ruling that his failure to pay taxes, improper solicitation of fund-raising donations and failure to accurately report his personal income had brought dishonor on the House. After a public hearing Monday that was truncated by Mr. Rangel walking out in protest, an adjudicatory subcommittee of the House ethics committee deliberated for four hours before finding him guilty of all but one of the 13 counts against him. (Two other counts, involving Mr. Rangel’s misuse of House franking privileges, were merged into one.)
  • Rangel Is Found to Have Violated House Ethics Rules

    11/16/2010 11:53:34 AM PST · by kennedy · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2010 | DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
    A House panel on Tuesday found Representative Charles B. Rangel guilty of 11 counts of ethical violations, ruling that his failure to pay taxes, improper solicitation of fund-raising donations and failure to accurately report his personal income had brought dishonor on the House.
  • House ethics panel: Rep. Rangel violated rules (No shock)

    11/16/2010 9:52:43 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 9 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 11/16/10 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel, once one of the most influential House members, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces punishment. An ethics panel of eight House peers deliberated over two days before delivering a jarring blow to the 20-term New York Democrat's career. The 80-year-old Rangel was charged with 13 counts of financial and fundraising misconduct.
  • House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts

    11/16/2010 10:08:01 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/10 11:55 AM ET | Susan Crabtree and Jordan Fabian
    A House ethics panel has convicted Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee, announced the decision late Tuesday morning following an abbreviated public trial of the 20-term lawmaker and less than a day of closed-door deliberations. "We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law," Lofgren said. "We believe we have accomplished that mission." The panel will recommend a punishment, then the full ethics panel will have to convene a sanctions...
  • 'No evidence of corruption' by Rangel (R. Blake Chisam, House Chief Counsel)

    11/15/2010 12:19:56 PM PST · by Justaham · 58 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 11-15-10
    It has been a tough morning for Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who walked out of his ethics trial earlier when he wasn't allowed to more time to get a lawyer. Yet Rangel did have a good moment, of sorts, when the top ethics committee lawyer said he wasn't corrupt. Sloppy, but not corrupt. "I see no evidence of corruption," said Blake Chisam, the top ethics committee lawyer, about Rangel. Chisam's statement was in response to questioning by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). Butterfield is serving on the eight-member panel hearing the Rangel case. "It's hard to answer the question of personal...