Wrist slap: Ethics Committee counsel recommends censure for Rangel; Update: Censure it is

posted at 5:25 pm on November 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

The Committee’s still deliberating as I write this, but what other sentence could they possibly impose? They have three choices. One is reprimand, a.k.a. light wrist-slap, which would be absurd even by normal House ethics standards given that they’ve convicted him of fully 11 violations. Another is expulsion, which ain’t happening. So it’s censure, a.k.a. hard wrist-slap, by default. Under slightly different circumstances, that sentence actually would have stung a bit. As it is, it’s purely symbolic:

Blake Chisam, the ethics-committee lawyer who is serving as prosecutor for Mr. Rangel’s disciplinary proceedings, told the panel that the senior New York Democrat’s conduct “demonstrated a lack of attention and carelessness over a broad range of issues over a lengthy period of time” and that the punishment of censure was appropriate.

Mr. Rangel had been expected to face either a censure or a reprimand. Both involve a vote on the House floor condemning the lawmaker’s conduct, but censure is the more severe punishment. In Mr. Rangel’s case, the difference is entirely symbolic: Censure includes a ban from serving as the ranking party member on a committee, but Mr. Rangel effectively relinquished that in March when he was forced to give up his chairmanship of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

In fact, Chisam later said that the violations didn’t quite rise to the level of censure under previous precedent, which I guess means this warrants an in-between wrist slap But look on the bright side: Even if Rangel hadn’t stepped down as Ways and Means chair and was stripped of his title today, he would have lost it anyway six weeks from now when the new GOP Congress is sworn in. As such, today’s hearing was simply an opportunity to shame him publicly — which, as you’ll see below, GOP Rep. Jo Bonner used to full advantage. Exit question: I understand the value of having John Lewis appear on your behalf as a character witness, but how effective can anyone be on that score when they open by admitting that they don’t know the facts of the case?

Update: No surprise — the Committee’s recommended censure. Now it’s on to the House floor vote for the ceremonial slapping o’ the wrist.



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When is Maxine Water’s turn ?

William Amos on November 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Meaning less hand slap.

Wade on November 18, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Show of hands, who was surprised by this?………. That`s what I thought.

ThePrez on November 18, 2010 at 5:30 PM

I’ll be shocked if he gets anything more than a sternly written letter.

William Amos on November 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Hopefully after Jan 2 so the Republicans will give her something more than a slap on the wrist.

Hopefully we can start draining the swamp when the repubs take over.

Brat4life on November 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Show of hands, who was surprised by this?………. That`s what I thought.

ThePrez on November 18, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Crickets…..

Wade on November 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Mr. Bonner is obviously a racist…and Charlie took due note of it.

d1carter on November 18, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Just trying to wrangle up some bucks.

abobo on November 18, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Censure … isn’t that what Joe Miller got for telling the President that he lied?

Are you kidding me? Censure is all this rot gets?

HondaV65 on November 18, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Take whatever dignity you have left Rangel and resign.

ctmom on November 18, 2010 at 5:37 PM

So surely Maxine Waters will get the same. ugh

becki51758 on November 18, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Censure … isn’t that what Joe Miller got for telling the President that he lied?

Are you kidding me? Censure is all this rot gets?

HondaV65 on November 18, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Sorry – it was Joe Wilson – and apparently he was “admonished” not censured.

But whatever – this ought to preclude Rangle from every sitting on another committee. He needs to be stripped of everything.

HondaV65 on November 18, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Shouldnt he face criminal penalty’s for the housing in NYC and the unreported income / tax ?

ELMO Q on November 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM

shocking.

Vera on November 18, 2010 at 5:42 PM

He broke several laws…but of course he didn’t mean to…so never mind.

d1carter on November 18, 2010 at 5:43 PM

When is Maxine Water’s turn ?

William Amos on November 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM

William Amos:Not soon enough!:)

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM

This is an perfect example of San Fran Nan”s most ethical Congress ever. Eleven violations, which are the tip of the iceberg, and those responsible for upholding ethics are so corrupt they cannot do their duty. Words, just words, are a laughable resolution to most sane people, but we are talking about Congress.

volsense on November 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Wow is the House tough on their members — this being the first censure since 1983 (Dan Crane for inappropriate sexual behavior with a page).

Comfy chair, indeed.

GnuBreed on November 18, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Me thinks,Rangel should retire while the going is so far
so good,in that,he probably won`t see jail time!!

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:52 PM

And they’ll put on kid gloves before they do it. Cowards!

Dark-Star on November 18, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Macaca…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 18, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Aw, he cried.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Censured: A letter with double exclamation points.

lorien1973 on November 18, 2010 at 5:56 PM

If the TSA was on the committee, Rangel would have gotten more then a wrist slap.

Electrongod on November 18, 2010 at 5:56 PM

And now he is definately on -

Double Secret Probation

Kuffar on November 18, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Maybe Rangel has an angle…………

Heavy Metal – Captain Sternn & Hanover Fiste

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq6_Q7gIaBE

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:59 PM

If the TSA was on the committee, Rangel would have gotten more then a wrist slap.

Electrongod on November 18, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Electrongod: Shawshank Redemption movie comes to mind!!:)

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM

This entire fiasco, of course, justifies the Mark Foley case. NOT.

Foley did absolutely nothing illegal…not even a misdemeanor…and he was forced out of DC inside of a week. This Bozo commits felonies and gets a pass.

Now, when will the charges be brought for the latest misuse of PAC money be brought? I can hardly wait.

GoldenEagle4444 on November 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM

They should hit him where it hurts… take away his Lincoln and only let him lease a Chevy Aveo.

rw on November 18, 2010 at 6:02 PM

BAD Charles! Go to your ROOM!

Your taxpayer, lavishly decorated room. And take another cookie ya lil’ stinker *tousles hair*.

rihar on November 18, 2010 at 6:04 PM

how effective can anyone be on that score when they open by admitting that they don’t know the facts of the case?

How effective would a Speaker be if she said that Congress needed to pass a bill so they could find out what was in it?

malclave on November 18, 2010 at 6:08 PM

His corrupt, law-breaking a** belongs in jail, just like any other citizen guilty of tax evasion.

redfoxbluestate on November 18, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I know he should be forced out.

But seeing an 80 year old man cry in public is pretty heart wrenching.

He got too big for his britches. He did abuse power. All Democrats abuse power, that’s who they are. Many Republicans are that guy too.

I think we should censure them all.

I am strangely unhappy to see Rangel cry. I don’t dislike him, as Democrats go. He at least went and faced FoxNews questioning a time or two, unlike most of his party who are too afraid of an honest question.

petunia on November 18, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Remember if a Congresscritter does these things its a ‘wrist slap’

If you or I do these things its stripe city.

Ethics are for the little people.

Laws are for the little people.

Punishment are for the little people.

ajacksonian on November 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM

If the TSA was on the committee, Rangel would have gotten more then a wrist slap.

Electrongod on November 18, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Electrongod: Shawshank Redemption movie comes to mind!!:)

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM

If the TSA had been involved, instead of mercy Rangel would have been asking for deliverance.

malclave on November 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM

But it wasn’t tax fraud – tax fraud.

Ted Torgerson on November 18, 2010 at 6:12 PM

But whatever – this ought to preclude Rangle from every sitting on another committee. He needs to be stripped of everything.

HondaV65 on November 18, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Why? It’s not like he is a regular guy trying to board a flight.

Lily on November 18, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Will he have to give up even a single one of his rent-controlled apartments?

pedestrian on November 18, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Traficant was expelled for much less. How much does Charley really owe in back taxes (beyond 3 years).

We may get the Rangel Rule out of this where the IRS can’t collect penalties and interest.

Valiant on November 18, 2010 at 6:26 PM

He will be feather-slapped. Providence will take care of him.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Censured? How about expulsion, which fits his misdeeds better.

bayview on November 18, 2010 at 6:45 PM

They only had 3 options…stern letter, stern letter and vocal chastisement, and removal.

He is a senior black democrat so removal was never on the table which left two meaningless sanctions..

Bad Charlie! Bad!…now don’t do it again…moving on

JIMV on November 18, 2010 at 6:50 PM

This slimy SOB should be in jail.

jawkneemusic on November 18, 2010 at 6:56 PM

So sad … but so completely expected and typical of democrats.

darwin on November 18, 2010 at 7:09 PM

If I get this right, his “peers”, and I use the term very loosely, he has to listen to Pelosi tell him what a bad boy he was!

If you or I had done the same thing, ya think We’d have to just listen to Ed tell us not to do it again????

Whata frikkin’ joke!

Why is it our congress critters aren’t held to the same standard any other American is?

Excuse me while I go upchuck!

AllosaursRus on November 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Do as we say not as we do.

Signed,

The Pampered Class

nico on November 18, 2010 at 7:13 PM

How about kicking the crooked bastard the F out?

Jesus H.

RedNewEnglander on November 18, 2010 at 7:22 PM

WOW! Nancy is really ‘draining that swamp of corruption!

GarandFan on November 18, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Any chance the house will just ignore the whole thing, like it never happened? They’re gonna be pretty busy with important stuff, might not have time to get to it.

Skandia Recluse on November 18, 2010 at 7:32 PM

What race is crook? What political affliation is crook? What religion is crook?

He is a frakkin crook.

Limerick on November 18, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I’d like to rob a bank and get “censured” as punishment.

Bevan on November 18, 2010 at 7:38 PM

When is Maxine Water’s turn ?

William Amos on November 18, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Unfortunately not going to happen. Congress will only investigate one black congressman a year, at most. Anything else would be seen as racist. That means Conyers and Hastings are also homefree.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Maxine Waters’ turn begins on Nov. 30, I believe.

racecar05 on November 18, 2010 at 8:33 PM

At least the Ethics Committee got 11 of 13 counts (84.6%) against this swindler. The DOJ only got 1 of 280 counts (0.36%) against a terrorist. Maybe they should have switched the juries.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Well golly……..color my racist a$$ surprised!

dmann on November 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM

I understand that Cholly “has to make resititution” for what he owes. How will that amount be determined?

There is no way that he would be ignorant of the law and ethics as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, lo these many years.

He should be behind bars for tax evasion. This behavior was not a one-time error on his part. The corruption was pervasive.

I read elsewhere that he brags that his constituents pay no income taxes because of his efforts. What? He has done such a bang-up job on their behalf that they are still mired in poverty?

onlineanalyst on November 18, 2010 at 9:00 PM

When does the IRS go after Rangel for tax fraud?

RJL on November 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Well hell Charlie, you didn’t need a lawyer. Think of all the money you saved. Party at Charlie’s house. CBC only of course.

Hummer53 on November 18, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Charlie spent two million bucks on lawyers fighting this thing? Then, he abandons any pretext of a defense and gets a censure?

Well played Cholly. Well played.

BigAlSouth on November 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM

The guy should probably die in prison unless of course he happens to live another 20 years…but then again he is a giverment elitist.

Any one really wonder why congress has an approval rating of 29%…that’s just about the percentage of self proclaimed socialist/Marxists in the country. Just a coincidence I’m sure.

oldernslower on November 18, 2010 at 11:20 PM

How long has he been there?
You know that he knows where the bodies are buried.
If they take him down, many would follow. Thus he and others do as they please.
Thieves censuring thieves. It must end.

Army Brat on November 18, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Ol’ Charlie will always have this millstone on his obituary and tombstone… Think “Clinton – impeachment”…

This will not look good through the prism of history…

Now, get out of those rent controlled apartments in Harlem!

Khun Joe on November 18, 2010 at 11:39 PM

“Well, since you’re a Democrat, we’ll let you off.”

Merovign on November 19, 2010 at 4:19 AM

It’s a disgrace. The man is a CRIMINAL. But it’s ok, because he’s a democrat. Congress’ ability to police itself must be stripped.

dogsoldier on November 19, 2010 at 7:01 AM

House o’ Reps: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
Rangel shrugs.

That’s about the level of censure. No real consequences. If a civilian had done what Rangel did, that civilian would already be in jail and property siezed. But for a uber-lib Dem in Congress it’s a resumé enhancer. It’s equivalent IMHO to a rapper getting arrested knowing the end result just enhances its street cred. The difference is Rangel won’t see any jail time that any non-celebrity, non-Congresscritter would actually have to serve. There are a lot of unanswered questions about Rangel’s monetary situation that can only get answered in a court of law. If that ever happens (and I doubt seriously it will ever get that far) the corruption of Charles Rangel would be exposed as being far, far greater than anyone expected.

So much for “draining the swamp”, San Fran Nan!

Carl on November 19, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Pathetic, I’m not a fan of this two separate forms of justice, one for royalty and one for the peasants.

If I don’t fork over 42% of every dollar I make they confiscate my truck, house and throw me very unceremoniously in jail while waving a finger at me and calling me unpatriotic. The punishment should be greater for them as they are entrusted with the public’s treasure and should be held to a higher standard.

POX on his house.

Alden Pyle on November 19, 2010 at 7:56 AM

When does the IRS go after Rangel for tax fraud?

RJL on November 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I just got a letter (bill) from the IRS telling me that they audited my 2008 return and have raised my income total by some 25K, resulting in a bill for 10K payable immediately. No explanation of where or how they came up with the additional 25K of income, simply telling me if I disagree I can call the 1-800 number listed below. This is how the IRS operates, attack the civilian middle class people for everything they have and then some. Another example of what happens when a federal agency acquires power, it simply grows in power and becomes a threat to a free people. Exactly what we see taking place with the TSA.

Rangel is above the law, including the IRS. It’s too obvious to deny any longer.

Keemo on November 19, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Go stand in the corner, Chollie. This instant. We’re serious this time.

If you don’t behave, somebody might stamp their foot or somethin’!

hillbillyjim on November 19, 2010 at 8:08 AM

I will be damned. I was positively certain that Fancy Nancy was gonna drain that swamp!

I’m just flat-out indignant now.

Oh, and shocked. Really really shocked.

Flabbergasted, almost.

hillbillyjim on November 19, 2010 at 8:12 AM

“Bailiff, wack his pee pee!”

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/audio/play/80511596/

jfshaughnessy on November 19, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Government at it’s best.

Wade on November 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM