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Ethics Panel Finds Charlie Rangel Broke House Rules

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The House ethics committee has concluded that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules that forbid hidden financing by corporations, the AP has learned.

A congressional source familiar with the findings but not authorized to be quoted by name said at least four of members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the trips in 2007 and 2008 have been exonerated.

Last year the House ethics committee expanded its investigation of Rangel to include his revisions to financial statements that revealed assets and income not previously reported.

Earlier the Harlem Democrat had withstood a GOP sponsored resolution that called for Rangel to to surrender his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

The ethics committee was also looking into Rangel’s use of multiple rent-stabilized apartments, his fundraising on behalf of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College in New York, and his failure to pay taxes on a Dominican Republic vacation home.

Rangel is also being investigated in a separate ethics committee probe of Caribbean trips in 2007-08 by five members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The committee has authorized nearly 150 subpoenas in the investigation of Rangel, has interviewed some 34 witnesses and reviewed more than 12,000 pages of documents.

Rangel is one of the most influential members of Congress because the committee he chairs writes laws setting tax rates and oversees Medicare and Social Security benefits. The decision is certain to raise questions whether he can continue that role in an election year in which Congress must deal with several expiring tax laws.

Ethics Panel Finds Charlie Rangel Broke House Rules | NBC New York
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The House ethics panel...always the last to know...

Panel finds Rangel broke ethics rules

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The House ethics panel has found that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) broke ethics rules, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reported that Rangel knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules forbidding hidden financing by corporations.

Rangel said he had done nothing wrong and expected the report to show he was not guilty of anything.

"All I know is, the ethics committee authorized the trip and there is no way in the world that there could be any report out there that says I was not authorized to travel," Rangel said. He added: "When you read the report, you will see that I am not guilty of anything."

The House ethics committee has been reviewing a trip Rangel and several other members took to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten last year.
Expect no committee removals or chair removals or other punishments from Speaker Nancy "The most ethical Congress EVER" Pelosi...
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You know, for such a good guy (and he really is a good guy), it's just long past time for him to go. The rules are changing and the old timers can't keep up... What was ethical twenty years ago... unethical now.
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Democrats siding with GOP on Charles Rangel ouster

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House Democratic aides say the end may be near for Charles Rangel.

Republicans plan to bring to the floor this week a resolution calling for Rangel’s ouster as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic aides say defections from vulnerable Democrats may give the GOP enough votes to prevail.

“It’s going to be very hard for us and others to vote against this,” said a senior aide to one vulnerable Democrats.

As the day wore on, more Democrats were privately considering voting to oust Rangel.

“The dam broke today,” said a senior Democratic aide.

If all House members vote and all 178 Republicans vote to remove Rangel, the GOP would need 39 Democrats to turn against Rangel to win the vote.

An aide to another vulnerable Democrat said embattled members — known collectively as “frontline Democrats” because of a party program to help with their re-election efforts — will have no choice but to vote to remove Rangel if the measure comes to the House floor.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Tuesday added her name to a short but lengthening list of Democratic lawmakers who have said publicly that they plan to vote against Rangel.

“She will be supporting the resolution and we’re donating everything we’ve gotten from him to veterans organizations,” Pia Carusone, Giffords’s chief of staff, told POLITICO Tuesday afternoon.

Already, Democratic Reps. Paul Hodes (N.H.), Bobby Bright (Ala.), Gene Taylor (Miss.), Mike Quigley (Ill.), Betty Sutton (Ohio), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.) have said publicly that they plan to join Republicans in voting to remove Rangel.

And the perilous position Democrats face in November is hardly the only factor.

"The more glaring factor is that they found him guilty of an ethical violation," the aide said, referring to last week’s ethics committee finding that Rangel violated House rules by taking corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean. "Frontline Democrats are vulnerable to the slightest things and being associated with someone accused of an ethical violation is not what we need."

The aide said that it would behoove Democrats if Rangel would step down on his own without members having to take the vote.

"If Democrats want to be taken seriously on accountability and transparency, he has to step down," the aide said.

Rangel’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Asked Tuesday whether Rangel can survive a vote, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said: “I think he could.”

But a chief of staff to one lawmaker who is not in danger of losing to a Republican this year said even some politically safe lawmakers are ready to see Rangel go.

“It’s getting ugly,” the chief of staff said. “Nobody is in a comfortable spot right now.”

For some lawmakers, the specter of further judgments against Rangel is a motivating factor. The ethics committee is investigating a series of allegations against him and the matter for which he was found in violation of the House rules last week is viewed by some to be one of the lesser charges.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders have said they want to see what further action, if any, the ethics committee takes before passing judgment on Rangel. But the rank and file may not be as patient.

Read more: Democrats siding with GOP on Charles Rangel ouster - Jonathan Allen and Jake Sherman - POLITICO.com
Trizzle trazzle truzzle trome, time for Charlie to step down and go home !!!

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I don't know.
I still expect to see wagons...& they'll be circling.
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UPDATE - Say "goodnight" Gracie?...

Charlie Rangel on the brink

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Charlie Rangel is on the verge of losing his Ways and Means gavel – by choice or by force, permanently or temporarily – and is taking the night to review his options, according to Democratic insiders.

As he emerged Tuesday night from a meeting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ceremonial office – sometimes known on Capitol Hill as “the woodshed” – the New York Democrat insisted that he is still the chairman of the powerful tax-writing committee.

But he couldn’t guarantee that would be the case by Wednesday.

“I can’t make all those promises at my age,” the 79-year-old Rangel said

Republicans plan to force a House floor vote this week on whether to remove Rangel from the chairmanship following last week’s finding that he violated House gift rules by accepting a corporate-sponsored trip to the Caribbean.

Democratic lawmakers and aides said Tuesday that the party’s most vulnerable incumbents are not willing to risk the electoral fallout that would come from standing by the 39-year House veteran. If all House members vote and all 178 Republicans favor removing Rangel, the GOP would need 39 Democrats to turn against the chairman to win the vote.

Plans for Rangel’s succession already were being discussed, with Democratic aides rating the chances of the five Democrats who are next in line in seniority: Pete Stark of California, Sander Levin of Michigan, Jim McDermott of Washington, John Lewis of Georgia and Richard Neal of Massachusetts.

As late as Monday, Rangel had seemed steady, with Democratic leaders insisting they would wait to see if the ethics committee took further action against him based on a series of other allegations of improper behavior.

But the tide turned quickly on Tuesday, as politically vulnerable Democratic lawmakers – and even some who sit in safe districts – called for him to step down, both publicly and privately.

“The dam broke today,” said a senior Democratic aide.

Rangel suffered a significant blow Tuesday afternoon when Rep. Artur Davis – a member of both the Ways and Means Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus who’s running for governor back home in Alabama – issued a statement in which he said the chairman “should do the right thing and step aside.
The real question is why his constituency still puts this poor excuse of a man in office every 2 years...
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The real question is why his constituency still puts this poor excuse of a man in office every 2 years...
It's the same political sport mentality that many suffer from.That said...support within his party is dwindling,players don't want to go down with him..
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It's the same political sport mentality that many suffer from.That said...support within his party is dwindling,players don't want to go down with him..
And some don't care if others die because THEY are firmly ensconced...

Did you hear Pelosi's reasoning for NOT removing him when she has the authority to? (You're not going to believe this total douchebag answer)...

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Rep. Charlie Rangel's admonishment for violating House gift rules "is not good," but his actions did not put the nation at risk in any material way, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.

Pelosi said it is not her place to interfere in any investigations of the matter and said she would not get involved politically.

"But the fact is, is that what Mr. Rangel has been admonished for is not good," she said on ABC's "This Week." "It was a violation of the rules of the House. It was not a--something that jeopardized our country in any way."
So according to Pelosi, breaking ethical rules as a congressweasel is A-OK UNLESS it hurts the country...

One would think that ALL breakage of ethical rules "hurts the country" in some form, but what do I know?...

How's THAT for leadership?...
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Pelosi needs to go also..in fact,anyone who believes violating ethics is trivial needs to go..
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