Rangel Charged With Multiple Violations By House Ethics Panel

Editor’s Note – This is America and everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, yet, one look at Rangel and you can see that this man is the epitome of fat cat politicians lining their pockets on the backs of taxpayers. 

A perfect example of all that is wrong with the U.S. Government.

Each time a violation is brought to light, he comes back with weak excuses that would only be accepted in a Democrat controlled Washington, D.C.  Were he a Republican, the now officially determined corrupt media would have had Rangel removed two years ago.

Stunningly, with all the allegations that have been swirling around for nearly two years, he still leads his primary with 39% of the vote.  Are our standards that low, America?  Or, is that 39% the beneficiaries of all the pork Rangel has been bringing home for decades?  Money may not be able to buy love, but apparently it does garner a few votes.

 

Rangel Charged With Multiple Violations By House Ethics Panel

By Susan Crabtree and Molly K. Hooper
The Hill

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will stand trial on ethics charges  after a House panel accused him Thursday of multiple violations.

The veteran lawmaker will challenge the findings in an open hearing.

The news of Rangel’s trial comes at a bad time for Democrats, who are hoping to retain control of Congress this fall.

 The House ethics committee stated it has launched a separate panel, called an adjudicatory subcommittee, in the wake of unspecified findings by a four-member panel of the ethics committee that Rangel violated House rules.

The adjudicatory subcommittee, a separate eight-member panel tasked with trying Rangel on the charges, will hold a public organizational meeting July 29.

A visibly frustrated Rangel on Thursday afternoon told The Hill that he did not know what the “alleged violations are finally going to be.”

Rangel is facing a competitive and crowded primary on Sept. 14. In a poll released this week, Rangel attracted 39 percent of the vote, followed by State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV with 21 percent.

In all likelihood, Rangel’s trial will not start before his primary.

House ethics committee rules prohibit the committee from acting 30 days before a primary and 60 days before an election.

The House ethics rules also ensure that Rangel and his team of lawyers will have at least 15 days to review the allegations against him before the trial begins.

Ken Spain, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said, “This is troubling news not only for Congressman Rangel, but for his most ardent defender — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. For over two years, the Charlie Rangel saga dragged on while Speaker Pelosi not only sat idly by, but encouraged her members to vote against an investigation into the deeply troubling matters at hand. It appears that Charlie Rangel will finally be judged by a jury of his peers, but unfortunately for the Speaker, the verdict is already out on what she promised would be the ‘most ethical Congress in history.”

Read More – http://thehill.com/homenews/house/110429-ethics-committee-files-charges-against-rangel

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