Breaking: House committee charges Rangel with multiple ethical violations

posted at 4:54 pm on July 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

Serious business, and another talking point for the GOP ahead of November. Time for Rangel, who turned 80 last month, to decide he wants to spend more time with the grandkids?

Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, committed an undisclosed ethics violation, a House investigatory subcommittee determined Thursday…

The formation of subcommittee, which will consist of four Democrats and four Republicans, is rare. The last time one was convened was in 2002 to handle the case of former Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, who was under investigation in connection with bribery, racketeering and tax evasion convictions…

Rangel, D-N.Y., has been under a lengthy probe by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for a series of ethics allegations that includes failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income and assets, improper use of several rent-controlled apartments in his Harlem district, fundraising efforts for a college center that bears his name, and failing to pay taxes on property he owns in the Dominican Republic.

This is five months in the making, starting with his admonishment back in February over staff members having accepted free trips to the Caribbean and culminating a week later in his removal from Ways and Means — albeit supposedly only on a temporary basis. Anyone think he’ll be returning to the committee after this, even if he beats the rap?

The next step is a trial by subcommittee. Given that the most ethical Congress ever had a decidedly lackluster reputation on ethics until now, I wonder how much pressure for and against charging Rangel there is on the Democratic side. On the one hand, this is going to push ethics back on the campaign menu. On the other, if they beat up on Rangel, it makes them look forthright. Stand by for updates.

Update: Eeenteresting…

Rangel told reporters Thursday that he welcomed the opportunity for the charges to be aired in a public forum.

“It may seem a little corny,” he said, “but at long last sunshine has pierced through this cloud that has been over my head for over two years.”…

Sources said the committee and Rangel’s attorney attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate a settlement to end the case.


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Well, let’s just dust off those Dem “Culture of Corruption” ads they ran against the GOP in 2006, change a few words, names and faces, and away we go….

Wethal on July 22, 2010 at 6:01 PM

It is sad that the sarcastic post of “racist” that we see so often does not get old. It has so much meaning.

CWforFreedom on July 22, 2010 at 6:02 PM

I found a video of a Michel Faulkner interview on Fox Business. He makes a very good case for his candidacy!

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4124602/former-jet-looks-to-unseat-charlie-rangel/?playlist_id=87185

Come on Republicans! Winning Charlie Rangel’s seat would be sooo sweet!

wren on July 22, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I hope Rangel spends the rest of his pathetic life in prison and that his dance card is never empty.

Inanemergencydial on July 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Rev Faulkner AND challenging Rangel???? My kinda guy. GO FAULKNER!

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Thank you, sicoit!

wren on July 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Don’t the Democrats usually try to issue these corruption reports on Friday afternoon?

IntheNet on July 22, 2010 at 6:15 PM

This is a great deal. He can get a tax bill and pay at the Bush tax cut rates. Next year tax cuts are gone.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 6:16 PM

His friend Barack da man looking out for him. Barack da man cut Pontiac and Saturn and not Cadillac. Bra Rangel looks good in a Caddy.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 6:19 PM

His friend Barack da man looking out for him. Barack da man cut Pontiac and Saturn and not Cadillac. Bra Rangel looks good in a Caddy.

seven

Be careful… comments of those kind will get you rehired into the USDA with a congratulatory call from the president!

IntheNet on July 22, 2010 at 6:26 PM

So he’ll only win by 20 points in November?

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Off-topic, but that ubiquitous popup for Hot Air Express is totally annoying.

beatcanvas on July 22, 2010 at 6:33 PM

House committee charges Rangel with multiple ethical violations

In order to be charged with ethics violations, isn’t one required to have ethical standards?

Democrats with ethical standards seem to be an endangered species.

rukiddingme on July 22, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Rangel is a perfect example of why there should be TERM LIMITS!

GFW on July 22, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Sources said the committee and Rangel’s attorney attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate a settlement to end the case.

He would have had to admit to ethics violations of some sort as a ‘compromise’. Either he believes he’s truly innocent or he’s got terrible advisers.

NoStoppingUs on July 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Charlie thinks he can beat the rap as Slick did impeachment, IMO. He just took what was his entitlement, after all.

I am not sure he is wrong, given what the Congress has done recently.

I do bet Pelosi is squirming, though. Losing a reliable pooch like Fat Charlie has to be scary. But appearing a little ethical might be worth it.

Harry Schell on July 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM

He’ll walk.

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Funny The AP headlines call it ethics “misdeeds.” Couldn’t quite bring themselves to call it violations. Oh, and it’s the third story down. Number two is Obama apologizes to Sherrod.

sandee on July 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM

al-AP only calls them “ethics violations” when they’re done by Sarah Palin.

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2010 at 6:55 PM

FAULKNER FOR CONGRESS!

Great sincere guy with integrity!

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Nancy Pelosi was overheard saying, “As long as he doesn’t smoke…”

Will Cholly get a solid gold Cadillac as a parting gift as he heads out the door?

onlineanalyst on July 22, 2010 at 7:10 PM

FAULKNER FOR CONGRESS!

Great sincere guy with integrity!

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM

INTEGRITY! Wouldn’t it be nice to have more of that in Congress???

wren on July 22, 2010 at 7:16 PM

House committee charges Rangel with multiple ethical violations

…..Geithner should be next.

Baxter Greene on July 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Cholly was practicing that audacity thang before ObaMao dreamed it for his titles.

onlineanalyst on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Don’t the Democrats usually try to issue these corruption reports on Friday afternoon?

IntheNet on July 22, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Normally, you would be correct. However, it would appear that the Dems want to leverage all the rage over the Sherrod deal and bury this little bit of corruption news beneath the fold, as it were.

glennbo on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

wren on July 22, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I went to his announcement lunch and he is exactly what we need in congress. But, it’s a shame most don’t recognize those traits. I just ran for congress in the 2nd district NJ republican primary, and I am AMAZED at the apathy and ignorance of the American voter.

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Rangel is a perfect example of why there should be TERM LIMITS!

GFW on July 22, 2010 at 6:33 PM

We have the opportunity to impose our own term limits every 2 years by voting bad Reps out of office!

But Rep. Hank Johnson’s victory in the Democrat Primary on Tuesday with 55% of the vote in a 3 way race in Georgia’s 4th district shows how hard we need to be working between NOW and November to elect candidates who are worthy of their $174,000 Congressional salary.
http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_0720/0030402.htm

Surely you remember the viral video of Rep. Hank Johnson’s concern about Guam reaching a tipping point.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZczIgVXjg

Clearly there is a lot work that needs to be done to educate Voters before November!

Liz Carter won the Republican Primary in Georgia’s 4th District, so she will be running against Rep. Hank Johnson.
http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_0720/0030401.htm

You can find out more about Liz Carter at:
http://www.lizcarterforcongress.com/

Let’s get to work to clean the House and the Senate in 2010!

wren on July 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I blame his staff, wait he already did.

bluemarlin on July 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Didn’t Charlie Rangel say publicly that his constituents want to be able to keep and bear arms? He’s left the Left’s plantation, folks, and is no longer an Ideologue Under Protection.

njcommuter on July 22, 2010 at 7:50 PM

I went to his announcement lunch and he is exactly what we need in congress. But, it’s a shame most don’t recognize those traits. I just ran for congress in the 2nd district NJ republican primary, and I am AMAZED at the apathy and ignorance of the American voter.

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Thank you VERY much for running for office xler8bmw!

Having volunteered on several Congressional campaigns, I KNOW what a patriotic sacrifice it is to run for office!!! It is a 24/7 project that completely takes over your life!

Most Voters have absolutely no idea how hard candidates work every day for months (or years, in some cases)to run for office.

If Voters understood how hard the candidates are working, perhaps they would be more willing to help them. Or to at least take the time to be an informed Voter!

With easy access to Google and YouTube, Voters owe it to the candidates and their country to become informed and to make the best decisions they can on their election ballots!

If we want to be represented by people with INTEGRITY at the Federal, State and Local levels, we need to work hard to help good people get elected!

wren on July 22, 2010 at 8:08 PM

This man is a disgusting example of wasted Tax Payer dollars.

Hey, America? This ‘thing’ usurps 25% of your tax dollars in NYC, including the new Cigarette tax.

Worth it?
Or Not?

Now, there’s a fracken game show if we as Americans ever had one.

Congress Members!

“Worth It?” or “Not Worth It”?

Go ahead, steal the idea.

Key West Reader on July 22, 2010 at 8:15 PM

I’m waiting for our Conscience-in-Chief to inform us that Charlie acted stupidly.

Still waiting…

….

….

Aw, maybe he’s just misunderstood.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Didn’t Charlie Rangel say publicly that his constituents want to be able to keep and bear arms? He’s left the Left’s plantation, folks, and is no longer an Ideologue Under Protection.

njcommuter on July 22, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Charlie Rangel was put into office when I was a kid in P.S. 113 or P.S. 132 (can’t remember). I left NYC in 1974 during/after the riots. Charlie led them.

As a kid, I could remember Charlie on the street in Queens with a bullhorn, (Corner of Hillside and Jamaica Ave) yelling at Italians, Irish, Blacks, Germans that had hot dog stands. He was a “shake down poppa”. The vendors had to pay him .42 for every $1.00 they earned.

Kids back then were allowed to leave school grounds in recess. If you went to an Irish, Italian, Black, German or Jewish you had to to have an extra .25 for Charlie. It was better than going through school lunch lines in 1967-1969, because there were food fights, fires in bathrooms, etc., in NYC.

I remember my dad complaining and saying, “Just go to Nathan’s Fer cryin’ out loud”.

Good times.

Key West Reader on July 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM

We have the opportunity to impose our own term limits every 2 years by voting bad Reps out of office!

How’s that working for you ?

Wade on July 22, 2010 at 8:31 PM

wren on July 22, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Thank you Wren. Your statement is so true.

My site is Biamonteforcongress.com if you would like to see my principles and my platform. i will be running again in 2012 and plan to win!

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Like Rush said today on his show, every government official should have to run every year…then they will have to pay attention to what’s going on all of the time….RUSH ROCKS! Let’s work on that…..term limits to one year for everyone!

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Key West Reader on July 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Thx for that informative flashback. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, you learn something new. One more reason to thank God, Providence, or the Magic 8-Ball, that I was born and raised in the sticks.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2010 at 8:44 PM

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Keep fighting the good fight! Thank you.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Thank you, sicoit!

wren on July 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

No no….thank you wren. I will be donating to Rev Faulkner tonight. You are right…we need some integrity…for a change. I live in western NY so I’m not in the Manhattan area, but my money is going to those that have that strange word…..integrity. GO FAULKNER!

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 8:46 PM

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Your donation is well spent. Michael is a great guy, has his head on straight.

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Your donation is well spent. Michael is a great guy, has his head on straight.

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Let it be written….let it be done….it’s done!

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Didn’t Rangel chase Adam Clayton Powell out of office in the 70′s on charges of corruption? What goes around…

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Baxter Greene on July 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

The entire administration should be next. I don’t think there is a decent person in that entire bunch. Heck, Joe ‘Plugs’ Biden might be the most honest and upstanding of them.

Wolftech on July 22, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Wolftech on July 22, 2010 at 9:34 PM

And that’s scary he is most stand up of them all!

xler8bmw on July 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM

The entire administration should be next. I don’t think there is a decent person in that entire bunch.

Wolftech on July 22, 2010 at 9:34 PM

So if the Republicans take control of Congress….I guess they need to expand Gitmo so that they can house all of these crooks and liars.

Baxter Greene on July 22, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Rangel is a perfect example of why there should be TERM LIMITS!

GFW on July 22, 2010 at 6:33 PM

“We have the opportunity to impose our own term limits every 2 years by voting bad Reps out of office!”

wren on July 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Evidently the sheeple allow the wool to keep being pulled over their eyes. Many voters prove time and again they really shouldn’t be allowed to vote because they are not responsible citizens, or are brain dead.

GFW on July 22, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Speaking of corruption, how about this tidbit that Rep. Issa has uncovered? http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/541319/201007221919/When-Government-Invites-Corruption.aspx

onlineanalyst on July 22, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Can’t wait till this cretin is frogmarched into prison.

He will make a wonderful girlfriend there.

Inanemergencydial on July 23, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Rangel is a veritable banana republic in his own right.Truth is stranger than fiction.

Sherman1864 on July 23, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Where or where is Nancy “Stand By Her Man Rangel” Pelosi? No comment?

albill on July 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM

At least the Republican sleazebags tried to hide their crimes. Rangel practically dared anyone to bring charges against him! He assumed his massive power in congress would protect him from any investigation…and it worked for many years! So powerful, in fact, that few in the media would even mention his corruption! Until now, that is.

stonemeister on July 23, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Term limits are the answer. I don’t care what the question is.

Mojave Mark on July 23, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Charlie Rangel was put into office when I was a kid in P.S. 113 or P.S. 132 (can’t remember). I left NYC in 1974 during/after the riots. Charlie led them.

As a kid, I could remember Charlie on the street in Queens with a bullhorn, (Corner of Hillside and Jamaica Ave) yelling at Italians, Irish, Blacks, Germans that had hot dog stands. He was a “shake down poppa”. The vendors had to pay him .42 for every $1.00 they earned.

Kids back then were allowed to leave school grounds in recess. If you went to an Irish, Italian, Black, German or Jewish you had to to have an extra .25 for Charlie. It was better than going through school lunch lines in 1967-1969, because there were food fights, fires in bathrooms, etc., in NYC.

I remember my dad complaining and saying, “Just go to Nathan’s Fer cryin’ out loud”.

Good times.

Key West Reader on July 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM

If this is true, why don’t you share it with the House Ethics Committee? Does Rangel think he’s the Godfather?

Steve Z on July 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Sweet!
I’d love to be a fly on the wall in Holder’s office…
How does Rangel get prosecuted now, but the New Black Panthers got a pass?!

Is timing everything?
And is this connected to RacistGate?

Jenfidel on July 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM

In other news, the New Black Panthers have moved their headquarters from Philly to Harlem.

No confirmation for this yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Steve Z on July 23, 2010 at 12:07 PM

So he’ll only win by 20 points in November?

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010

It’s the OJ jury on a district-wide scale.

Extrafishy on July 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Rep. Charlie Rangel Berates Luke Russert and MSNBC for Questions About Alleged Ethics Violations

Luke should have said, we used to have statesmen, now we have to many corrupt politicians.

Speakup on July 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Rich Galen on the Fred Thompson Show now, talking of Rangel, said that the White House started the “racist food fight” telling the NAACP to come out with the proclamation tagging Obama’s political opposition, the Tea Party, as racist.

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Michael Savage thinks that an Obama operative within Breitbart’s operation set up the Sherrod clipped video incident.

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Michael Savage thinks that an Obama operative within Breitbart’s operation set up the Sherrod clipped video incident.

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 12:56 PM

minus rep for mentioning Michael Savage.

Dude, seriously.

TexasDan on July 23, 2010 at 4:12 PM

House committee charges Rangel with multiple ethical violations

Bunch of racists…

patch on July 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Does being charged by the house actually mean anything?
Can they just remove him from office or is it also a criminal charge?

Tc0061 on July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

He’s not being charged by the House, but by the ethics committee which means that they have found sufficient reason to begin a formal investigation. The sad thing is that the ethics committee has no teeth and can only make recommendations based on it’s findings, which then go to a floor vote. This could run the gamut from censure to expulsion from the house. I seriously doubt that anything stronger than censure will pass in a democratically controlled congress despite Nazi Pelosi’s (horses Winny in distance) alleged desire to “drain the swamp”. As far as criminal charges, he would fall back on the “arrest clause” in the Constitution as long as he is a member of the House. While I would love to see Charlie answer for his crooked ways, I just can’t see it happening on this.

Hazzard on July 23, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Throw this crooked piece of sh*t out of office.

Dave Rywall on July 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

wren on July 22, 2010 at 8:08 PM

If we want to be represented by people with INTEGRITY at the Federal, State and Local levels, we need to work hard to help good people get elected!

Thank you wren. The word INTEGRITY is pronounced INTEGRAL, INEPTITUDE, INTEGRATION, IRRATIONAL, IRRITABLE, INGRATIATE, anything but the truth that Rep. Rangel has no INTEGRITY.

MSGTAS on July 24, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Can’t wait till this cretin is frogmarched into prison.

He will make a wonderful girlfriend there.

Inanemergencydial on July 23, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Umm, that’s a bit much — the guy is 80 years old… though I agree with you that it will be a happy day when he takes the perp-walk.

BTW, in the picture AllahP put up for this article, don’t you think Charlie totally looks like a walrus?

Mary in LA on July 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

New nickname for Rep. Charles Reneging Rangel.

MSGTAS on July 25, 2010 at 10:33 AM

hey evabody! I just realized who Charlie Rangel’s secret father is, or should I say….Godfather? Just listen to his voice. It’s a dead ringer for that of Frank Pentangeli, a capo da regime in Michael Corleone’s organized crime syndicate.

The FBI Hearings
“I never knew no godfather. I got my own family, senator.”
“Mr. Pentangeli, you are contradicting a sworn statement you’d previously made to me and signed. I ask you again, sir, here and now under oath…were you at anytime a member of a crime organization… headed by Michael Corleone?” “Senator, I knew Micheal’s dad when we was in the olive oil business. But I don’t know no Godfather.”
―Frank Pentangeli and the Chairman of the Committee

And coming soon, The Senate Ethics Hearings
“I never knew no President Obama. I got my own staff, Senator Boehner.” “Mr. Rangel, you are contradicting a sworn statement you’d previously made to me and signed. I ask you again, sir, here and now under oath….were you at any time a member of a crime organization known as the Democrat Party…headed by Barack Hussein Obama?” “Senator, I knew Obama back when we was in the politician business together. But I don’t know no president.”
-Charlie Rangel and the Chairman of the Ethics Committee

CatchAll on July 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

He may resign to avoid the ethics committee investigation and trial. Don’t understand why it ends with his resignation, tho, the DOJ should pick it up as a criminal investigation. What? silly Me!

Kissmygrits on July 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM

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