Open thread: Rangel hearing ready to roll; Update: Rangel cuts a deal?; Update: Rangel denies deal made

posted at 11:36 am on July 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In just a little under 90 minutes, Rep. Charles Rangel will have to defend himself in the first House ethics trial in eight years.  Democrats have attempted to get Rangel to agree to a deal that will save them from a nationally-covered hearing on Democratic corruption, but at least as of now, Rangel hasn’t agreed to fall on his sword.  The Hill reports that Rangel thinks he can beat the rap:

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is ready to lay out his case to the public and thinks he can win, barring a last-minute deal in his showdown with the House ethics committee.

“[Thursday] is D-Day and he’s digging in for a fight,” a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said. “He has 40 years invested in this place, and he’s not about to go out this way if he can help it.”

Rangel said as much himself this week as his lawyers negotiated with ethics committee aides over a settlement that could allow him and his party to avoid a high-profile public trail. Rangel has called the ethics committee action against him a “public lynching” and insisted he would rather tell his side of the story than admit guilt.

After delivering a defiant but upbeat lunchtime speech to the Urban League on Wednesday, Rangel told a throng of reporters trailing his every move that it would be a relief to finally tell his side of the story.

A relief to Rangel, perhaps.  It’s no relief to Democrats, who see this as an advertisement for Republicans in the midterm elections.

It’s not going to get any easier, either.  Rangel’s use of the phrase “public lynching” is no accident.  He needs the CBC at his back in order to ensure that he doesn’t get expelled from Congress, and so far the CBC has signaled that they will stand by Rangel.  Couching his dire situation in references to race is part of Rangel’s strategy to keep Democratic leadership from supporting expulsion.  It’s worked in the past; the CBC kept William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson in the House and even got him a committee assignment while being indicted on corruption charges, a move that eventually cost Democrats the seat from New Orleans.

At least for now, Rangel doesn’t face any such indictment on criminal charges, but just the ethics charges in the House.  If Nancy Pelosi couldn’t fight the CBC on Jefferson, she’s not going to let Rangel get expelled.  And that means that the House will have to come up with something short of expulsion despite the rather obvious violations in which Rangel engaged — and that plays right into the GOP’s hands.

Can Pelosi convince Rangel to retire before the hearing starts?  We’ll soon see — and if not, we’ll soon see the hearing.

Update: Or maybe not, as WCBS TV reports now:

New York Congressman Charles Rangel has reportedly cut a deal to admit to ethical wrongdoing and avoid a potentially humiliating public trial.

Harlem friends of Rangel tell CBS 2 they have been told that the details could be unveiled when the House Ethics Committee meets Thursday afternoon.

So I guess we can cancel Rangelmas for today, but if Rangel stays in the House, the GOP will be celebrating it every day between now and November.

Update II: Rangelmas back on?

New York Democrat Charles Rangel says there’s no deal yet to settle his ethics case and avoid a trial on charges of violating standards of conduct.

Rangel told reporters outside his office, “Until someone tells me there’s a deal, there isn’t.”

Looks like the trial’s still on.  (via the Boss Emeritus)


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I guess it will be good for the GOP if he keeps his post and pays no consequences. But it burns my blood.

scalleywag on July 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Now, explain to me how he can cut a deal when he’s done something illegal (not pay taxes)?

Oink on July 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Bill Clinton cut a deal. As President, he committed a felony.

Next question?

Del Dolemonte on July 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Seems the video coverage has been pushed back to 2:00 PM.

Wonder if the split is 5 (D) vs 5 (R) for or against a deal?

Old Dog on July 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2007269,00.html

Having an R or D next to your name makes it a wash.

scalleywag on July 29, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Sorry for that link, I thought I was quoting

Now, explain to me how he can cut a deal when he’s done something illegal (not pay taxes)?

Oink on July 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM

That’s why they invented the preview button!

scalleywag on July 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Rangel was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile,
He bought a crooked villa on Dominican Isle.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a rent controlled house.

bobnox on July 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Will this be on CSPAN?

azkenreid on July 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Happy Ranglemas to all and to all a good day!

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

I so despise the Congress’s sham courts.

Kralizec on July 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

And they all lived together in a rent controlled house.

bobnox on July 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Ha! :)

scalleywag on July 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Ramirez take,
http://www.investors.com/EditorialCartoons/Cartoon.aspx?id=541906

Sad, but true

txmomof6 on July 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

HEAD LINE SHOULD READ -

CHIEF SWAMP MONSTER AND SWAMP HABITAT PRESEVED THANKS TO PELOSI

Kuffar on July 29, 2010 at 1:53 PM

It’s started!!!

Cookies Mom on July 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Wait, I thought Pelosi already said ‘The System Worked’?

Sir Napsalot on July 29, 2010 at 2:19 PM

It’s started!!!

Cookies Mom on July 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Whats’ started?

dhunter on July 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Whats’ started?

dhunter on July 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The hearing!! It’s on now on CSPAN

Cookies Mom on July 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

You got to wonder, is the problem blacks always stand in support of black criminals?

I don’t think that’s true – it’s just the ones you see on TV or read about. Just like the “Latinos support illegal immigration” headlines/polls.

The media only presents views that fit their agenda.

reaganaut on July 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM

13 counts? did I hear that right via the radio?

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Soooo who are you going to believe? The fox guarding the hen house? It’s THE CHICAGO WAY!

CynicalOptimist on July 29, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I thought he cut a deal they’re goona still have the hearing?
I figured Peeelosi got the hearing scotched.
Great bring out the evidence the curroptedness, the thievery and the tax evasion of the Dimwits Party Bosses!
Bring it ON!

dhunter on July 29, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Michelle Obama is disbarred as a lawyer. Apparently her horific crimes have been expunged in exchange for being disbarred. Rangel could resign.
Rangel is just another thug. Pelosi said she would clean up the place and we know that will never happen.

seven on July 29, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Rangel is like a caricature of a caricature of a dirty currupt politician.

dont taze me bro on July 29, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Cut a deal. He can run the USDA from Harlem and his branch office in the Dominican Republic.
Has Obama apologized to Rangel for Fox News and its ambuBush journolism?

seven on July 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM

13 counts? did I hear that right via the radio?

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Here you go! I’m savoring them along with my lunch.

dont taze me bro on July 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/29/rangel-prepares-hearing-alleged-ethics-violations/
Yeeeehaaaaa NO Deal!
Pass the popcron and peanuts the rats gonna be exposed Pelosi threw him to the wolves.
I hope Cholly shows what a great American he is and outs all the other rats who are hiding sleeze, not payin taxes and takin buckets full of money from lobbyists. I don’t care if their D or R its high time the people held these thieves accountable!

Out them all Cholly clean out the snake pit!

dhunter on July 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I’m gonna need the 170oz bucket of popcorn! Go, Charles, go!

ElectricPhase on July 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Here you go! I’m savoring them along with my lunch.

dont taze me bro on July 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

thanks…just quickly glancing through…holy cow

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

will new yorkers really re-elect this corrupt man?

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Hang on Charlie! Don’t let go!! PRESS ON!! Do it for America!!

Khun Joe on July 29, 2010 at 3:48 PM

will new yorkers really re-elect this corrupt man?

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 3:38 PM

His district will send him back with 80+% of the vote…

Khun Joe on July 29, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Step one: break the law
Step two: make a deal
Step three: deny making said deal
Step four: say “you’re a racist” a lot

Mojave Mark on July 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

will new yorkers really re-elect this corrupt man?

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Dumb question. Of course they will. Gives him street cred.

IowaWoman on July 29, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Charley Rangel the Man Who Cleaned up the U.S. House of representations!

Hang on Cholly you’ll forever be famous and a “Great American”!
You’ve been thrown under the Obama, Peeloisi, Reid bus Charlie go git em Man!
Dat!

dhunter on July 29, 2010 at 4:19 PM

His district will send him back with 80+% of the vote…

Khun Joe on July 29, 2010 at 3:49 PM
Dumb question. Of course they will. Gives him street cred.

IowaWoman on July 29, 2010 at 4:03 PM

maybe so, it just boggles the mind what people do…

cmsinaz on July 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM

lawyers for Rangel and the House ethics committee worked on a plea deal.

One was struck, people familiar with the talks said, but Republicans indicated it was too late.

“Mr. Rangel was given multiple opportunities to settle this matter. Instead, he chose to move forward to the public trial phase,” said Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama, the senior Republican on the ethics panel

Drudge has it up that it’ll be a trial.

tru2tx on July 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Oh, puh-leese. A trial? By his “peers” in the house, half of whom he’s given mega-bucks to out of his many slush funds and the other half of which is deaf, dumb and blind?

Yeah, nothin’ like a tough room, huh?

mojo on July 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

!BREAKING!

Lofgren(D,)says any deal should be unanimus, GOP balks! This baby going to trial!

Oh Hell yeah, should just getarollin right around mid-Sept!

What a gift!

Archimedes on July 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

plagarizing biden is now blocked by the commissariat of HA.

neat.

Inanemergencydial on July 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Inanemergencydial on July 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Yeah I feel ya.

I understand running a responsible site and all, but zI miss the cutting edginess HA used to have, the price of success I guess. Its only gotten worse since “family oriented” TH took over, at least MM had a pair.

I’ve contemplated spending more time over on Ace, but there are sooooo many users and having after every comment posted to scroll back down from the top is bloody stupid, it makes a running convo a real drag. I’d wish he’d fix this glitch.

I mean really, given the nearly mandated ignorance instilled by our education/indoctination system, how many PG-13ers are really in the HA pages anyways?

Archimedes on July 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Its only gotten worse since “family oriented” TH took over, at least MM had a pair.

That explains all the shameless race-baiting by moby’s and deceitful leftists. huh.

Inanemergencydial on July 29, 2010 at 6:28 PM

However, as Thursday’s public airing of the charges drew nearer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seem resigned to the case proceeding. “The chips will have to fall where they may politically,” she told reporters. Pursuing ethics cases against House members is “a serious responsibility that we have,” she said.

Time to order a new bus. Wow the implosion truly has begun. Maybe he’s just too old for the New Order.
Popcorn anyone?

seesalrun on July 29, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Step one: break the law
Step two: make a deal
Step three: deny making said deal
Step four: say “you’re a racist” a lot Blame it on the racist Republicans

Mojave Mark on July 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

serendip2b on July 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Couldn’t Pelosi just Deem Rangel out?

TN Mom on July 29, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Decision near on Maxine Waters ethics case

via politico…a twofer in the making?

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 6:17 AM

Charlie Rangel has ethics !!!!!..
The CBC thinks ethics is a disease to be avoided at all costs ;)
.

philly_PA on July 30, 2010 at 7:50 AM

The cunning fox from Harlem denies any deal. LOL

maverick muse on July 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Rep. Rangel will adopt his best defense yet.

You can not be found guilt of ethics violations if you have no ethics to be guilty of breaking.

MSGTAS on July 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Nobody wants Charlie to put his accusers to their proof. What kind of people are they? Oh yeah, democRATS.

borntoraisehogs on July 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

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