Rangel probe widening

posted at 6:00 pm on December 9, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Did Nancy Pelosi predict a quick end to the House Ethics probe into Charlie Rangel’s tax problems?  If so, her predictions are worse than the ones I make for the New York NFL teams on Sundays.  The committee has voted to broaden their investigation into Rangel to include a massive donation to a favorite Rangel pork recipient in exchange for assistance on a tax bill:

The House ethics committee is expanding an investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. The ethics panel issued a statement Tuesday saying it had voted to expand an already far-ranging probe into the New York Democrat to examine whether he protected an oil drilling company from a big tax bill when the head of that company pledged a $1 million donation to a college center named after the congressman.

The move means the Rangel inquiry will likely stretch well past early January, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had previously said she expected the matter to be resolved. ….

The committee will now investigate contributions or pledges of money made to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York, particularly one made by Eugene M. Isenberg, CEO of Nabors Industries, Ltd.

Rangel, 78, reportedly helped preserve a tax loophole that saved the company tens of millions of dollars a year.

The congressman, who has been in office for 40 years, maintains he has done nothing improper, and he says he has always opposed the kind of change to tax law that would have cost Nabors dearly.

Really, Charlie?  Because it sounds like the kind of loophole that Barack Obama promised to close in order to raise the money he needs for his populist agenda.  It sounds like the kind of corporate dodge you claimed that the Bush administration favored.  But as long as the money flows to the Monument to Me, funded generously by your pork, Congressman Rangel, it appears you see nothing wrong with it.

Republicans want Rangel to resign his chair on Ways and Means while the Ethics Committee does its work.  Until today, though, the committee had shown no particular reason to believe it would take any action at all against the powerful New Yorker.  The expansion of the probe sends an ominous signal to both Rangel and Pelosi that they may not be able to avoid it.


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Obama will take care of wRangel…I know he will, I just know it, I know it, I really do, I am sure of it…wRangel, Frank, Dodd, Blankface…this will go on and on…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 6:03 PM

This is awesome…so much for the most ethical Congress evah!

becki51758 on December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Most Ethical Congress…Evah!
Hardy Har Har

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

When he runs again, he will still get elected. He has the same ethics as his constituents, that is why these people keep getting reelected. This is just like MA politics. ugh!

DJ from MA on December 9, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Nancy Pelosi speaks!

Firebird on December 9, 2008 at 6:09 PM

This is awesome…so much for the most ethicalethnical Congress evah!

becki51758 on December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

the_nile on December 9, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Rove, you magnificent bastard!

sleepy-beans on December 9, 2008 at 6:10 PM

What a good day for Republicans! lol

becki51758 on December 9, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Rangel thinks he can get away with anything because he is in such a safe democrat seat. We need to bring the rule of law down on this crook.

Dollayo on December 9, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Firebird on December 9, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Aw crap! Now the nightmares are gonna start again.

whitetop on December 9, 2008 at 6:12 PM

We are at the mercy of crooks, gangsters, charlatans and pandering Marxists. Say goodbye to a once great Republic. If this is what the so-called “people” want then let them live with it.

rplat on December 9, 2008 at 6:13 PM

What a good day for Republicans! lol

becki51758 on December 9, 2008 at 6:11 PM

All will be forgiven/forgetten thanks to the MSM by 2010.

Les in NC on December 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

I’m sure the title of this post and the accompanying image are just coincidentally related, right?

Neo on December 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

What a good day for Republicans! lol

becki51758 on December 9, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Uh, but it’s bad day for the people of Ill.

terryannonline on December 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

It might turn out badly for Rangel. After all Stevens thought he could get away with anything in Alaska too. These old guys hang on too long sometimes.

Terrye on December 9, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Uh, but it’s bad day for the people of Ill.

terryannonline on December 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Let me clarify my comment. It’s bad that the people of Illinois had such a corrupt Gov. but it is good that he got caught.

terryannonline on December 9, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Like the ethics committee is going to do anything other than a wrist-slap.
Soooo, where’s the press been while Good Times Charlie’s having fun.
Just once could we apply the rules libs set for us on them?

Iblis on December 9, 2008 at 6:18 PM

COOL!

So is this how we are getting all the old Senators out? Ethics checks?

I think I like it!

upinak on December 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM

No news here.

Guys like Rangel are the lifeblood of the Democratic Party.

Think about it….every Dem that gets elected doesn’t have the kind of dough the Witch’s husband has or the Swimmer, or Hanoi John. How do you EXPECT them to become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams….SAVE THEIR $176K SALARY???

Geez

notagool on December 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM

The problem with the concept of ‘The Most Ethical Congress Ever!’ is that the same people that write the rules are the very same people that ensure there are backdoors available to keep the vigorish flowing. How can 565 people honestly claim they speak for 300 million? The House of Representatives Barons treat their satrapies as virtual kingdoms to trade influence. It is impossible to blow miscreants out of office thanks to State gerrymandering. The Senate House of Lords even thinks tourists are literally ‘unwashed masses’ defiling (and stinking up) the marble monument to ego and corruption that is Congress.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see 50 State Constitutional Amendments increasing the number of House seats by decreasing the size of each Congressional District to what the Founding Fathers originally envisioned?

SeniorD on December 9, 2008 at 6:25 PM

It will be a beautiful day when Ole Gravel Voice will be frogmarched out of the House.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 9, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Probe and widening should never be used in the same sentence.

Sincerely,

Barney & Larry

fogw on December 9, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Funny..The Charles Rangel Center For Public Service

AmericanUnderground on December 9, 2008 at 6:37 PM

The Bill Clinton Center For Marital Fidelity

AmericanUnderground on December 9, 2008 at 6:37 PM

The Barney Frank Center For Fiscal Integrity

AmericanUnderground on December 9, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Uh, but it’s bad day for the people of Ill.

terryannonline on December 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM
Let me clarify my comment. It’s bad that the people of Illinois had such a corrupt Gov. but it is good that he got caught.

terryannonline on December 9, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Whew! had me confused for a minute. The former statement didn’t seem like like you.

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 6:38 PM

I can never understand what goes through the mind of the voters who elect these jokers.

Sign of the Dollar on December 9, 2008 at 6:41 PM

He;ll resign his Congressional seat, then David Paterson will appoint him to Hillary’s Senate seat.

JammieWearingFool on December 9, 2008 at 6:44 PM

I can never understand what goes through the mind of the voters who elect these jokers.

Sign of the Dollar on December 9, 2008 at 6:41 PM

What minds?

According to MSNBC poll results, O’bama won 70 percent of the high school dropout vote. That’s 11 points more than Algore got in 2000.

Del Dolemonte on December 9, 2008 at 6:45 PM

AmericanUnderground on December 9, 2008 at 6:38 PM

The Bawney Fwank Center for LGBT Business Equality.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

JammieWearingFool on December 9, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Oy! I can see that happening!!! More money in the Senate for Gravel Voice to get his sticky fingers into.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 9, 2008 at 6:53 PM

What goes through the mind of the voters? “I don’t care how corrupt you are as long as you give me my welfare.”

americanpatriot on December 9, 2008 at 6:53 PM

It is unusual for the House Ethics Committee to involve themselves in anything related to ethics. It will be miraculous if this turns into any meaningful action against Rangel. It has always been my sense that congressmen’s first loyalty is always to each other.

snaggletoothie on December 9, 2008 at 6:56 PM

The Barney Frank Center For Fiscal Fisting Integrity

AmericanUnderground on December 9, 2008 at 6:38 PM

I know I know. I already smacked myself for typing that.

Guardian on December 9, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Rangel thinks he can get away with anything because he is in such a safe democrat seat. We need to bring the rule of law down on this crook.

Dollayo on December 9, 2008 at 6:11 PM

This is one of those situations where I hope the GOP can field a very appealing candidate to truly challenge Rangel.
And there should be no pussy-footing around, his opponent should be very straight forward and tell the voters of Harlem exactly what Rangel has done.

Red State State of Mind on December 9, 2008 at 7:22 PM

The guy writing tax law is a tax cheat. Just what you would expect from Democrats and the culture of corruption.

tarpon on December 9, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Rangel probe widening

I need more coffee. I saw the words “probe” and “widening” and thought Ed was referring to Bawney.

Laura in Maryland on December 9, 2008 at 7:30 PM

The guy writing tax law is a tax cheat. Just what you would expect from Democrats and the culture of corruption.

tarpon on December 9, 2008 at 7:28 PM

That makes him a hero in his District. Drug dealers are role models also.

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM

I can never understand what goes through the mind of the voters who elect these jokers.

Sign of the Dollar on December 9, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Rangel is from Harlem. Minds? What minds? They’ve nevah been ejakated. Ya vote for the ‘crat between hits of crack. That’s cool, man, ya dig?

Steve Z on December 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Possibly, these folks could give us insight as to what we can do to unseat Rangel.

http://www.harlemgop.org/

Red State State of Mind on December 9, 2008 at 7:49 PM

You think you’re better than I am, Charles Rangel? Where we came from, if one did not want to be poor, one became a congressmen or a bandit! You chose your way, I chose mine. Mine was harder. Now I am going to tell you something. You became a congressmen because you were … too much of a coward to do what I do!

Tuco on December 9, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Most
Ethical
Congress

EVAH!!!!!

NTropy on December 9, 2008 at 8:22 PM

We need to get back to basics with government, like basics as in 1780 or so with about the same budget.

The colonists knew this….shut this fat pig down.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on December 9, 2008 at 8:43 PM

The one thing we have with Charlie is that Rangle is no Pelosi lackey (or an Obama one either). If he is put down and a Pelosi stooge is made chairman, the hard left has a tighter grip on policy. It looks the next guy in line is Pete Stark, the ultimate Pelosi stooge. Leave Charlie in there, and let the scandals come out drip by drip.

Mark30339 on December 9, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Soon as The Chosen One gets into office all these minor distractions will go away.

GarandFan on December 9, 2008 at 11:31 PM

Rangel Baby:

“Um, uh, um listen, the um, um, Rep Rangel, the Bolgy Thing broke today. So um, ‘Hope and Change in one hand and crap in the other and see which comes first, ole buddy.’ Um, uh, yeah, and the next time you see me or reference me it’s, “President Elect Obama. Got it Old Sport”

Good Luck, um, Old Sport.

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Branch Rickey on December 10, 2008 at 12:07 AM

Rangel: More anecdotal evidence to support my theory that some people are elected to Congress simply because their neighbors can’t stand them and vote for the scum bags in order to exile them to Washington.

landlines on December 10, 2008 at 12:58 AM

As Rush has said, you can’t accuse Democrats of being unethical because they never claimed to have any ethics to begin with. Only Republicans claim to have values and standards and, thusly, are subject to being held to account for even the smallest lapses.
Once again, nothing to see here, people. Move along.

SKYFOX on December 10, 2008 at 5:02 AM

I think Charlie’s ethics are higher than his constituents. But then again, after Cold Cash Jefferson got re elected two years ago I thought the same thing about New Orleans. I am glad I was proven wrong this year about N.O. and hope to be proven wrong in two years by Harlem, New York City.

eaglewingz08 on December 10, 2008 at 6:45 AM

Could we put Patrick Fitzgerald in charge of investigating this? I like his results!

scalleywag on December 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

oh please, oh please, get Rangel.

kirkill on December 10, 2008 at 11:25 AM