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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I expect congressional Hearings on this.

I mena BRRrightBart of course.

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 4:57 PM

KABUKI!

ThePrez on July 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Always a good day when corrupt Dems are found out.

Time to pull out the popcorn and sodas and sit back and enjoy the ride.

Cookies Mom on July 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

He’s decided to retire which is why the committee moved forward.
Expect this to be buried right after he announces his retirement, and Congress sings his praises.

LincolntheHun on July 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

On the other, if they beat up on Rangel, it makes them look forthright.

That might work on a “no name” low ranking member. But this crook knows where a lot of bodies are buried. He might not go quietly into the night.

Weight of Glory on July 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

HE WILL NEVER GIVE UP POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rob verdi on July 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Oh, anyone who says anything negative about him will be labelled a raaaaaaacist!

jedijson on July 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Charlie comes out and decries lack of “context” for these charges …. desires a phone call, wants a USDA job, a pension, some land in GA, and to let someone know what it’s like to be from somewhere where others ain’t never been…

3..2…1..

ted c on July 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Get back to me when it’s ‘FBI/DOJ’ instead of House Committee and ‘Federal Crimes’ instead of ethics violations.

BigWyo on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Let him join Arlen on a walk into the sunset. Phew.

petefrt on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Isn’t this a resume’ enhancement for lefties?

Amendment X on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

A Democrat-controlled House filing ethics charges against an 80 year old black man right before an election? The White House needs to call Rangel and apologize immediately…

joejm65 on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Ethics are raaaaacist.

Rae on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

H377 ephin YEAH!

CynicalOptimist on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Hmmmmmm

Officials said that in the current case, the committee and Rangel’s attorney tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a settlement. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private discussions. A settlement would have required Rangel to agree that he violated ethics rules.

The investigation of Rangel has focused on:

_His use of official stationery to raise money for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.

_Whether he had the Ways and Means Committee consider legislation that would benefit donors to the Rangel Center at the same time the congressman solicited donations or pledges.

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 5:01 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

Expect this to be buried right after he announces his retirement, and Congress sings his praises.

LincolntheHun on July 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

very possible scenario

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Remember, these are the kinds of people now in charge of the entire healthcare industry and banking industry and 2/3 of the U.S. automotive industry…

Weight of Glory on July 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Time for Rangel, who turned 80 last month, to decide he wants to spend more time with the grandkids?

I don’t see it. I’ll be blown away if they actually find him guilty.

AUINSC on July 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM

It’s not even Friday!

ctmom on July 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM

About time.

Missy on July 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM

this is bunk. Charle is slyly backhanding and welcoming charges. How much you wanna bet its a cynical Democrat move to “appear forthright” and do something on the ethical front and that ol’ good Charlie will be spending lots of time with the grandkids counting that money that he di’int pay taxes on? Betcha an apartment in Bermuda….

ted c on July 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

And in other news, that AllahPundit will likely ignore, James Taranto at the WSJ takes out David Frum in probably the only headline Frum will ever get.

DaydreamBeliever on July 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

He’s being persecuted just like Dreyfus.

Mark1971 on July 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

time to go!

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Charlie would have a better chance of going bye-bye in committee if New York State Republicans had better candidates for the governor and two Senate races. If it looked like the Democrats could lose there and that the ethics charges against Rangel could affect the campaign, Chuck Schumer would be pushing the House leaders to have Charlie retired and living quietly in the Caribbean by Labor Day.

jon1979 on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

A Little O/T has anyone taken a look at John D Dingell (D) lately?

John D Dingell’s District, Michigan’s 15 District.
The debate in Ann Arbor, where firefighters are being laid
off due to a multimillion dollar budget deficit, is over an $850,000 piece of art.

http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/13219

Michigan’s got the highest unemployment in the country 13.2%

They are buying $ 850,000.00 art at the expense of people staying employed?

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Does this mean the House ethics committee is racist?

pedestrian on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

RACISTS!!!

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Racist!!~! Witch hunt. Brreitbart is trying to smear and destroy assisinate character again.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Does this mean the House ethics committee is racist?

pedestrian on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Would you mind removing yourself from my brain…thank you.

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Two wrists…two slaps. Won’t rankle Rangel a bit. He does know where a lot of skeletons are hidden.

coldwarrior on July 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

See ya Charlie. Don’t let the door hit you!

milwife88 on July 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Rangel you’re going down.

Wade on July 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Racist!!~! Witch hunt. Brreitbart is trying to smear and destroy assisinate character again.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

You too, it’s getting crowded up there….

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM

from @BarneyFrank

Nancy, hey woman. Whatchu think we talk Charlie into goin’ under the bus for a few months so we can boost our sucky poll numbers and get a little bounce for the ‘members in November?
BFrank

From @NancyPelosi:

Barney, roll with it you big huggable bear you!
Nancy
Speaker of the Most Ethical Congress evah….

ted c on July 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM

They are buying $ 850,000.00 art at the expense of people staying employed?

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Yes, what is the problem?

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Culture of Corruption.

Drain the Swamp.

Hope and Change.

What a joke.

Good Lt on July 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Congressional ethics violations are usually incidents that would be called “crimes” in the private community. Rangel will get a few lines of admonishment, decide to retire, and then live in luxury on our dime with the best of everything.

Bishop on July 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Rangel you’re going down.

Wade on July 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I think you are confused with Barney Frank….

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

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…

pattern for the (D)?

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Rangel will quietly retire. Or fight like a maniac.

portlandon on July 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I blame Bush Brietbart.

Capp on July 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM


FINALLY

novaculus on July 22, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Rangel is scum. He should rot in jail.

ornery_independent on July 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM

He’s being persecuted just like Dreyfus.

Mark1971

Oh, man! I just spit peanuts all over the keyboard.

But I’m from Pensacola, so I’m adding a little something to the tab I’m sending BP.

tree hugging sister on July 22, 2010 at 5:09 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

They are buying $ 850,000.00 art at the expense of people staying employed?
Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Firefighters don’t have deeper meaning or subtle nuances which invite you to ponder the essence of art and its place in our bourgeois society.

You dumb effin Nascar retards need to get a clue.

Bishop on July 22, 2010 at 5:10 PM

These charges should get the congressional poll up to 12%!

portlandon on July 22, 2010 at 5:11 PM

He’s being persecuted just like Dreyfus.

Mark1971

Mark NineTEEN SeventTY one!!!

JetBoy on July 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM

He should have been in jail a long time ago.

Chmn of the House Ways and Means. What a fracking joke.

Cody1991 on July 22, 2010 at 5:14 PM

When the engineers originally drained the swamp that is Washington DC, they missed a spot or two.

GnuBreed on July 22, 2010 at 5:14 PM

He is being eased out because his Republican opponent is African-American and doing surprisingly well.

They do not want to lose this “safe” seat – even if it means dumping the Congressional thief-in-chief.

honsy on July 22, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Bush’s fault……

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 5:14 PM

If Rangel is found guilty, he has to wear one of Traficant’s old roadkill toupees.

Mr. D on July 22, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Anyone think he’ll be returning to the committee after this, even if he beats the rap?

Can a woman fired by the president be brought back by the president and apologized too?

Oh yes, yes I do.

upinak on July 22, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Now we know This he is most likely to be the next speaker of the house.

thmcbb on July 22, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Shed some tears, Nazi Pelosi.

SouthernGent on July 22, 2010 at 5:18 PM

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

In the sunshine right?

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I can’t see nancy beating up charlie, I can see the cbc fighting her on this..

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Racist!!! Or something.

barnone on July 22, 2010 at 5:19 PM

If Rangel is found guilty, he has to wear one of Traficant’s old roadkill toupees.

Mr. D on July 22, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I miss Trafficant and his dancing toupée–his floor speeches were classic!
“Beam me up, Scotty!”
One of the handful of Democrats I really like.

Jenfidel on July 22, 2010 at 5:19 PM

LOL @ Drudge putting Nazi Pelosi’s words back in her mouth…from 2006.

“The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history,” Pelosi said.

SouthernGent on July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Rangel Wrestles 12-Foot Alligator for “King of the Swamp” Title: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/10/tax-cheat-rangel-fends-off-challenge-by.html

Mervis Winter on July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Michigan’s got the highest unemployment in the country 13.2%

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Incorrect… Nevada has higher unemployment, as the dishonorable corpse in the Majority Leader office is loathe to acknowledge.

teke184 on July 22, 2010 at 5:20 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

Chmn of the House Wasteys and Meaningless.

Honestly , have you ever heard anything so g0ddamned unnecessary??

Your tax dollars at work down the sh1tter!

FIFM

cableguy615 on July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

And yet he will win re-election with 80% of the vote. Democrats are that sleazy.

angryed on July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Congressional ethics violations are usually incidents that would be called “crimes” in the private community. Rangel will get a few lines of admonishment, decide to retire, and then live in luxury on our dime with the best of everything.

Bishop on July 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Yep. And if he was a Republican and white, he would have been booted out long ago with the MSM screaming, “Frog March!!!” He would be facing lawsuits as well lead by Democrat lawyers.

I despise Democrats.

Cody1991 on July 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Is he going to sue Andrew Breitbart too?

1sttofight on July 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM

BTW—GB is on a full throated tear right now…

ted c on July 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Breitbart’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!

Inanemergencydial on July 22, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Lalalalalalala, I can’t hear you. Will they resolve this by Nov since he’s a seat warmer for a new D being elected. Dear leader won’t let Patterson appoint someone,now will he.

Kissmygrits on July 22, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Update: Eeenteresting…

Not really… that’s just boilerplate political defense 101, he just screwed up the execution (“I look forward to letting sunshine in on this process” “Y’know you could’ve just opened your books to the public then and spared us all the public court costs of investigating you”)

Skywise on July 22, 2010 at 5:23 PM

When I think Charles in Charge Ranel I think this .

Branch Rickey on July 22, 2010 at 5:23 PM

The ethics subcommitee was snookered by Fox. Or Brrrrrrrrrrriet-barrrrrrrrrrrrrt. Or Bush. Or something.

Can’t wait until Olby’s rant on this…

av8tr on July 22, 2010 at 5:23 PM

If he gets convicted, will he be a white mans *itch?

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Just because he is charged doesn’t mean that he’ll be found guilty.
Maybe they charged him to exonerate him once and for all and clear him of all charges, past, present and future.

macncheez on July 22, 2010 at 5:24 PM

BTW—GB is on a full throated tear right now…

ted c on July 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM

The scariest part of Glenn’s monologue is that he is right.

milwife88 on July 22, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I’m sure he has a file cabinet full of blackmail material if he wants to use it. I doubt he will. Charlie obviously likes nice things and I’m sure there is enough money sloshing around in slush funds to make him go away quietly, unless they want to make him a sacrificial lamb. They can’t afford to do that, so he’ll just have a little nicer retirement.

a capella on July 22, 2010 at 5:25 PM

RACISTS!

Jim-Rose on July 22, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Michigan’s got the highest unemployment in the country 13.2%

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Incorrect… Nevada has higher unemployment, as the dishonorable corpse in the Majority Leader office is loathe to acknowledge.

teke184 on July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Well, Michigan has a longer streak at #1

Jeff2161 on July 22, 2010 at 5:28 PM

So Rangel’s vulnerable and thus the thugs in charge are going to throw him to the wolves?

rbj on July 22, 2010 at 5:28 PM

It must have been that scoundrel Br-r-r-r-r-reit-BART!

WisCon on July 22, 2010 at 5:29 PM

The formation of subcommittee, which will consist of four Democrats and four Republicans.

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.”…

If I were questioning the timing, I’d be seeing electoral politics.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 5:29 PM

The scariest part of Glenn’s monologue is that he is right.

milwife88 on July 22, 2010 at 5:25 PM

What he said about gold is gonna happen too

macncheez on July 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

The skeletons in Chaz’s closet fill a wing of the Smithsonian…

… This should be interesting.

Seven Percent Solution on July 22, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I have to wonder what kind of settlement he could have wanted that the Dems wouldn’t have pushed through just to make this disappear.

JEM on July 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM

So, just how does San Fran Nan reconcile her claim to the most ethical congress evah with the fact that the chariman of the House Ways and Means Committee (arguably one of the most powerful positions in the congress) has been charged by his peers with committing numerous ethics violations?

The answer is she can’t! This should be one of many issues thrown up in the faces of the Dems in the upcoming mid-term elections.

glennbo on July 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Bear8Bart was not available for comment.

upinak on July 22, 2010 at 5:34 PM

oh hell yea

blatantblue on July 22, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Congressional ethics violations are usually incidents that would be called “crimes” in the private community. Rangel will get a few lines of admonishment, decide to retire, and then live in luxury on our dime with the best of everything.

Bishop on July 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Seems to me that if you’re in the military and this happens, you lose your retirement after you’re dishonorably discharged.

Amendment X on July 22, 2010 at 5:34 PM

“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.”

Pffffffffffffffffft! He’s kidding right?….Right????

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 5:36 PM

What he said about gold is gonna happen too

macncheez on July 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Yep….gold….media….internet….and the list just gets longer.

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Michigan’s got the highest unemployment in the country 13.2%

They are buying $ 850,000.00 art at the expense of people staying employed?

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I live in Michigan. Ann Arbor is a wasteland of hippies who live in their own heads and smell their own Birkenstock-wearing BO all day long.

Interesting thing is, if you drive six miles outside of Ann Arbor you’re in conservative, Bible-loving farmland.

Course, Ann Arbor libs wouldn’t know that. They never leave the U of M campus, where they learn edifying things like “liberal arts”.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 22, 2010 at 5:43 PM

My prediction: Rangel will retire and the Democrats have already planned his retirement party.
According to the FEC.gov website 4 Democrats have already filed financial reports to run against Rangel in New York’s 15th District in the Primary.

http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSRefreshCandList.do?category=disH&stateName=NY&congressId=15&election_yr=2010

There is only 1 Republican listed on the FEC.gov website as running against Rangel. His name is Michel Faulkner.

What do you folks in New York think of Michel Faulkner?

http://www.faulknerforcongress.com/

wren on July 22, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Bbbbbbbreitbart!

The Ugly American on July 22, 2010 at 5:46 PM

What do you folks in New York think of Michel Faulkner?

http://www.faulknerforcongress.com/

wren on July 22, 2010 at 5:43 PM

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

sicoit on July 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM

That’s great news and it’s a testament to just how bad our government is in need of an overhaul. This guy has gotten away scot free for years now. Pelosi didn’t even want him off the Ways & Means committee. If you or I had done these things, where do you think we’d be?

scalleywag on July 22, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Seems to me that if you’re in the military and this happens, you lose your retirement after you’re dishonorably discharged.

Amendment X on July 22, 2010 at 5:34 PM

In a just world, that’s exactly what should happen to him. He’s a liar and a crook and a cheat.

scalleywag on July 22, 2010 at 5:54 PM

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