Rangel sues House to overturn slap on the wrist

posted at 9:21 am on April 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

When Charlie Rangel ended up with a censure on the House floor after the House Ethics Committee found him guilty of a wide range of misconduct, most of us scoffed at the punishment.  A censure is the middle ground of Congressional punishments — basically a strongly-worded memo read aloud while the guilty stands on the floor.  Schoolchildren who clean erasers in detention get punished more profoundly for their transgressions.  The experience was so politically damaging that Rangel only won his last election by 85 … points.

Under these circumstances, most men would walk away laughing.  Not Charlie Rangel, however, who has filed a lawsuit against John Boehner and a half-dozen of his colleagues to overturn his censure:

Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel is suing Speaker John Boehner and six other lawmakers, alleging problems with the House ethics investigation that led to his censure in 2010.

In a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the New York Democrat alleges “numerous, flagrant, knowing and intentional violations” of his due process rights. …

The lawsuit names Boehner; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who was chairwoman of the House ethics committee at the time of the censure; and other committee members and staff. The congressman alleges that evidence was withheld by the committee staff.

In December 2010, the House voted 333-79 to censure Rangel for multiple ethical misdeeds — including failing to pay taxes for 17 years on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic and soliciting donations from companies with business before the Ways and Means Committee while he was chairman. The donations were going to a center being built in Rangel’s honor at the City College of New York.

Politico reports that the source of Rangel’s complaint comes from a memo withheld by the committee that was written by Rangel’s former staffers criticizing the process:

Had Rangel known about the memo, the lawsuit says, he would’ve immediately moved to dismiss the investigation.

But, er

The censure covered a wide range of activities, including using a rent-controlled apartment in Harlem as a campaign office, using congressional stationary and staff to solicit funds for an academic center named after Rangel and failing to pay taxes on rental income for 17 years.

Ironically, Rangel is taking a page out of the playbook of the man he unseated 43 years ago. Adam Clayton Powell won a Supreme Court ruling that overturned a House punishment — although in that case, Powell had been expelled for corruption, rather than being forced to endure a memo reading on the House floor.

Why is Rangel wasting time with this, especially since it will once again bring attention to all of the charges for which he got punished?  Maybe he’s just bored and wants to see his name in the headlines.  Either that, or he really likes hearing his name on the House floor, so much so that he’d like to get censured all over again.


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What a corrupt, lying crapweasel.

bluegill on April 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

diversion..

Electrongod on April 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

When you look up “corrupt” in the dictionary it says: “Democrat”, and shows a picture of Rangel.

darwin on April 23, 2013 at 9:26 AM

“Maybe he’s just bored”

Yeah..nothing better to do /

Your corrupt servants at work.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

“the man he unseated 43 years ago?” FORTY THREE YEARS? Come on.

But yeah if I were Rangel I would push this too, why not, the man represents a district so jam-packed with retards, morons, handout junkies, and social misfits that he could have taken part in the Boston bombings and they would STILL vote for him.

Bishop on April 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Why is Rangel wasting time with this, especially since it will once again bring attention to all of the charges for which he got punished

Because racism.

Gatsu on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Politico reports that the source of Rangel’s complaint comes from a memo withheld by the committee that was written by Rangel’s former staffers criticizing the process:

Had Rangel known about the memo, the lawsuit says, he would’ve immediately moved to dismiss the investigation.

So, gist of his argument is the withholding of a memo written by people loyal to him saying they thought the process was screwy. Really?

Man, this guy is absolutely nuts.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Nothing like NY..except surrounding blue area’s and district’s.
We have Alan Grayson. Just another Harvard educated, New Yorker who transplanted his as$ here.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Some are more equal than others…

Well I knew that if their base is immoral enough, or if they can use impediments to keep information from coming to light, of if the prosecution is acted stupidly, you can never convict some people.

I never added the hubris of mocking and challenging the body of law you are sworn to preserve, protect and defend even after a finding is made.

IlikedAUH2O on April 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

But yeah if I were Rangel I would push this too, why not, the man represents a district so jam-packed with retards, morons, handout junkies, and social misfits that he could have taken part in the Boston bombings and they would STILL vote for him.

Bishop on April 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

I thought you meant Maxine Waters.
Same thing.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I gather, then, he never had to pay those seventeen years’ worth of back taxes plus interest. But if he did, then we have his motive right there.

Or, maybe, he truly is just bored and feels need to toss out that victim card again.

Liam on April 23, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Discovery could be fun. If the GOP had a spine.

Spade on April 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

OK, so Congress has a different oath..

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Wikki.

IlikedAUH2O on April 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

85 points?!

He must have read the Chavez book ‘Elections Are So Funny’.

Limerick on April 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I see your lawsuit and up the ante to expulsion.

rbj on April 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

So this man is going to have the US House of Representatives
SANCTION his CORRUPTION??

For a Live report let’s go to Al Sharpton!!

ToddPA on April 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Maybe I’m remembering this wrong. I thought he admitted to what he did. I thought I even remembered him apologizing. I thought what he did is not in question. So he’s suing because he got a meaningless consequence?

Eren on April 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Why is Rangel wasting time with this, especially since it will once again bring attention to all of the charges for which he got punished

Because racism.

Gatsu on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

No,thats how he gets elected.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

This is what happens when we don’t hold corrupt politicians accountable.

antipc on April 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Schoolchildren who clean erasers in detention get punished more profoundly for their transgressions.

Or wearing an NRA t-shirt…

Speechlesstx on April 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Rangel is the definition of government corruption.

joe btfsplk on April 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM

and failing to pay taxes on rental income for 17 years.

The man is a criminal, who got off scott free and now he’s suing.

Wow. Our government sinks to a new all time low. No wonder their approval rating is in single digits.

dogsoldier on April 23, 2013 at 9:40 AM

But yeah if I were Rangel I would push this too, why not, the man represents a district so jam-packed with retards, morons, handout junkies, and social misfits that he could have taken part in the Boston bombings and they would STILL vote for him.

Bishop on April 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

You don’t mean people vote based on race? No? Well Ok then, ’cause that would be racist and a remark like that would certainly be racist and get you in trouble!

“Unless someone invents a way for Latino ladies to give birth to old white men the GOP has a definite problem on the horizon..”

MSNBC guest and nonsarcasm on my part.

IlikedAUH2O on April 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Whose paying for Rangel’s legal fees?

lilium479 on April 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Rangel is a douchebag but intelligent enough to know exactly who he represents in Congress. The man gets up every morning, lights up a smoke, and chuckles to himself that a loser such as he was able to convince the dopes in his district to keep voting for him.

Outside of politics Rangel would either be washing windshields at busy intersections in Harlem, or staring out the barred window of his cell at Rikers.

Bishop on April 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

You know, that one way trip to Mars sounds more appealing with every passing day.

Indulging in a fantasy, if I were to go the first thing I would do after landing is destroy the radio.

Then, I’d spend the rest of my life writing a message on the surface of Mars that could be seen from Earth:

“F*** Y**”

BobMbx on April 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

How much is this lunacy going to cost the taxpayer?

workingclass artist on April 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Because shut up, that’s why.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on April 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

“Unless someone invents a way for Latino ladies to give birth to old white men the GOP has a definite problem on the horizon..”

MSNBC guest and nonsarcasm on my part.

IlikedAUH2O on April 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Be careful what you ask for. The libs have already mapped the genomes that can accomplish this very task.

BobMbx on April 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Does the judicial branch actually have any authority to intervene in how the legislative branch conducts its business with respect to its members’ conduct and disciplinary actions relating to the same? And, if so, why in the world would that be the case? Are we not even pretending to have a separation of powers anymore?

Shump on April 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

gee..why is our country in shambles?
Look at the people that work for us(right)
He came cry like the b$tch he is. waaaaaah
FU.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I wonder if the Courts will defer to the Legislature on this one, as they are so ready to do when Congress passes crapola legislation for the lefty agenda.

The courts always claim that they are reluctant to meddle in Legislative affairs dealing with things like greenie tax breaks, Silicon Valley monopolies, EPA anti-capitalism, creeping gun grabs, TSA groping, and so on. Well, how about keeping their big noses out of it when something DOESN’T go right for the Proggies / Lefties?

ss396 on April 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Boehner should now move to impeach Rangel’s worthless rear end, strictly on principle alone!

pilamaye on April 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

“Unless someone invents a way for Latino ladies to give birth to old white men the GOP has a definite problem on the horizon..”

Texas is going to change color faster than a traffic light with a violation camera one of these days.

IlikedAUH2O on April 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Schoolchildren who clean erasers in detention get punished more profoundly for their transgressions

Aww come on, I think you’re being a little hard on the guy…

…he fought in Korea you know…

ToddPA on April 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Be careful what you ask for. The libs have already mapped the genomes that can accomplish this very task.

BobMbx on April 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Wow! The left wants more old white guys?

IlikedAUH2O on April 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Well, how about keeping their big noses out of it when something DOESN’T go right for the Proggies / Lefties?

ss396 on April 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

That would be unfair, a bigoted refusal to level the playing field. /

Liam on April 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Boehner will issue a teary-eyed apology claiming the investigation was the tea baggers idea.

Diversity is all that matters…………

dmann on April 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Baby killing traitor to his race……

crosshugger on April 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM

You really have to feel sorry for that sad collection of people in his district. Such a concentration of retards, misfits, deranged crybabies, and stupidity I hope to never encounter. A whole Congressional district of folks like that – they must be, ’cause they continue to reelect a jerk-off like Rangel.

ss396 on April 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel is suing Speaker John Boehner and six other lawmakers, alleging problems with the House ethics investigation that led to his censure in 2010.

Funny how he’s going after Boehner here since Boehner wasn’t Speaker in 2010. Pelosi was.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Rangel is doing this for the team. The Dems want to go into the midterms being able to paint the GOP as a party that hates blacks. He needs to go into full victim mode. Even though his Congressional district is so filled with worthless parasites that his seat is safe until he leaves Congress toes up, other Dems will be able to point to poor Charlie’s persecution by the GOP as a reason to re-install Pelosi as speaker.

This is clearly a Hail Mary pass. Or would be if Dems believed in God.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

The experience was so politically damaging that Rangel only won his last election by 85 … points.

Just like his predecessor, Powell, ‘Hey! He might be a crook, but he’s OUR crook!’

GarandFan on April 23, 2013 at 10:01 AM

My guess is that the racist black caucus members probably could join Rangel as a group for ethics violations.

iamsaved on April 23, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Sleaze, thy name is Rangel.

CantCureStupid on April 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

…he fought in Korea you know…

ToddPA on April 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

For which side?

Bishop on April 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

They always yell innocent because, don’cha know, you just can’t take the N out of Ns.

philoise65 on April 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Dem party full of idiots

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Man, this guy is absolutely nuts.
Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

So many of them are.

And they’ve got power. What a dangerous combination.

Cleombrotus on April 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

ss396 on April 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I would be a lot sorrier for them if their stupidity didn’t impact the rest of us. Their stupidity is mostly responsible for what we’re dealing with now.

Eren on April 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

So, gist of his argument is the withholding of a memo written by people loyal to him saying they thought the process was screwy. Really?

Man, this guy is absolutely nuts.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

+1000

unclesmrgol on April 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

…he fought in Korea you know…

ToddPA on April 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

And Oswald was a Marine.

Limerick on April 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

he fought in Korea you know…

ToddPA on April 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

And Oswald was a Marine.

Limerick on April 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

..and Hassan was in the Army…

When Rangel was up on the ehtics charges, and ended up
getting a slap on the wrist, he used the “I fought in Korea
Defense”. This man is lower thna Whale Sh*t.

PS, anyone remember a guy named Duke Cunningham??

Was one of only 2 fighter Aces during Vietman..didn’t
stop him from being sent to prison…oh yeah, I forgot,
he was WHITE.

ToddPA on April 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

If there’s one thing worse than a crook, it’s an arrogant, self-righteous crook.

morganfrost on April 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Your public servant hard at work…

PatriotRider on April 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Actually, this could be fun. Boehner and all the Republicans should just laugh at him as they repeat the many charges against him.

“You’re right Charlie. That censure against you was a travesty. Seriously. What were those charges again? [Spend the next several minutes listing and laughing about each charge] Yeah, speaking sternly to you on the floor of the House was definitely inappropriate. Let’s re-open the case and get you the justice you deserve.”

Daryl on April 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I didn’t know this greasy jerk was still in congress. Thanks Harlem.

Thomas More on April 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

This isn’t going anywhere. It’s a separation of powers thing, although i wouldn’t expect someone who has spent his life in Congress to know anything about that.

AcidReflux on April 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

…“the man he unseated 43 years ago?”
FORTY THREE YEARS?

This is a major problem here, 43 fracking years in Govt?

It’s time to limit these Dbastards/Repubs…

Maximum 3 terms…

We need term limits.

I spit on career politicians…

*spit*

Scrumpy on April 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

They should re-censure him for something else like, conduct unbecoming.

HopeHeFails on April 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

If these dirtbags would spend as much time serving the people they represent as they do covering their crooked butts, they may at least earn a small portion of their salary and perks.

rplat on April 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Funny how he’s going after Boehner here since Boehner wasn’t Speaker in 2010. Pelosi was.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Good catch.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I would expect no less from an egotist such as Rangel.

From the wiki: Egotism is the drive to maintain and enhance favorable views of oneself, and generally features an inflated opinion of one’s personal features and importance — intellectual, physical, social and other

sadatoni on April 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

91-6

Corrupt representation for a corrupt people.

MNHawk on April 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Many years ago, I had a hard-@ss professor who would allow you to contest your grade. The thing is, the entire paper would be regraded, not your little quibbling 3 point nit.

I’d like to see Rangel’s punishment reconsidered in toto(?).

freedomfirst on April 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Just another great indicator that Democrats never read the Constitution, let alone understand it.

The Court will bounce this under “Separation of Powers” doctrine, as they have no power to interfere with the internal workings of the Legislative Branch.

Another Drew on April 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

typical corrupt black politician.

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Well, since he was not tried in court, and there are tax crimes still likely within the statute of limitations, why not simply enter a motion to reverse the censure, and then arrest his worthless ass for tax evasion as the next order of business?

After all, non-protected classes and non-politicians go to prison for tax fraud on a regular basis. Why should this f****** criminal do anything besides the same?

DrScottMD on April 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

So… Rep Rangel wants a second trial… Will the House of Representatives throw his sorry *** out this time?

CiLH1 on April 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

typical corrupt black politician.

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Try having Ernie Chambers as an elected representative in your state. Fat Albert without the humor value, and he dresses like a clown to boot. It’s embarrassing.

If someone told him his distant relative was sick and he needed to drive to a foreign nation right away, you’d see in the news about how he drowned when he drove his car off the coast of Florida.

MelonCollie on April 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

We have Alan Grayson. Just another Harvard educated, New Yorker who transplanted his as$ here.

bazil9 on April 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

You forgot greasy, mouth-breathing, and utterly loony.

James on April 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

C’mon cryin’ John. Show the world you some testosterone and expel him. I bet you’ve got the votes.

Quartermaster on April 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM

…so that’s what a POS looks like!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM

He probably wants to go out on a high-note. So, they should overturn the censure in return for his retirement. It would be for the best.

virgo on April 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM