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Rangel Guilty of Ethics Violations

The House ethics committee found Rangel guilty of multiple house rules. CNN has a breaking news article on the topic but so far it doesn't contain any more information than I stated in my first sentence.

I predict he will get a strongly worded letter from Pelosi and be forced to have a beer with Obama to absolve himself of his sins.

Update: Ed Morrissey adds his thoughts.

There probably won't be much drama to the conclusion. The Ethics Committee investigation only recommended a reprimand from the outset. That's the equivalent of a harshly-worded memo, which carries no other penalties at all. A censure is a reprimand read aloud while the defendant stands in the well of the House, which basically means a harshly-worded memo and a YouTube that will live forever.

The only real penalty would be expulsion, and don't think for a moment that Rangel's allies will allow that to happen. It's too bad, really, because as his constituents demonstrated two weeks ago, that's the only way Rangel will ever leave Congress.


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He'll get a wrist slap. So... (Below threshold)

He'll get a wrist slap. So much for 'draining the swamp'.

Can Maxine Waters be far behind?

Al $harpton and Je$$ie Jack... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Al $harpton and Je$$ie Jack$on should declare this investigation to have been racially motivated and that the Democrats only convicted Rangel because he's black. That would make for hilarious political theatre.

Yes, but what does Barak201... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Yes, but what does Barak2012 have to say???!1??

You cant convict a racebait... (Below threshold)

You cant convict a racebaitin hustler? Maybe Rangurl can do a reality show from a federal pen. Something like "Charlie Rangerls bar of soap".

The CBC is going to be in a... (Below threshold)

The CBC is going to be in an uproar. Nancy throws Spitball Clyburn down to make room for a WHITE guy. Now the Ethics Committee convicts a BLACK man of ethics violations.

Wonder if Nancy is still counting on those 42 BLACK votes for minority leader?

Let's say I, a regular citi... (Below threshold)

Let's say I, a regular citizen, had committed any number of these violations, up to and including non payment of taxes on income. What punishment do you think would have been meted out?

Charlie Rangel will probabl... (Below threshold)

Charlie Rangel will probably stay in Congress until he is carried out feet first.

Rangerl will have a statue ... (Below threshold)

Rangerl will have a statue erected as a great Afro American success story 8 years from now despite the contrary being true.. Ditto that for the big eared fool in cheif as well.

If I were Barak or some oth... (Below threshold)
Phil Snyder:

If I were Barak or some other person of power in the Democratic Party, I would offer Rangel a choice position in the adminstration or even in private life where he don't really have to work and gets almost all the perqs of being a member of congress.
After all, who is his district going to elect - conservative person? They'll just elect a less slimy liberal democrat.

Even expulsion wouldn't get... (Below threshold)

Even expulsion wouldn't get rid of this parasite. He'd be expelled from the current congress, but he's already been elected to the next one.

Doesn't this now qualify hi... (Below threshold)

Doesn't this now qualify him for a cabinet position?

"I would offer Rangel a cho... (Below threshold)

"I would offer Rangel a choice position in the adminstration or even in private life where he don't really have to work and gets almost all the perqs of being a member of congress."

In other words, offer him a job like Barrys job. He could'nt do any worse.

Rangel was convicted of all... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Rangel was convicted of all counts except count 3. The counts he was found guilty of are as follows:

Count 1: Violating solicitation and gift ban: Soliciting donations and other things of value on behalf of the Rangel Center from persons or entities with business before him or his Ways and Means Committee.

Count 2: Violating code of ethics for government service: Accepting benefits under circumstances that could be construed as influencing the performance of his governmental duties, with respect to soliciting donations and other things of value on behalf of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Policy at City College of New York.

Counts 4 and 5, merged into one count: Violating postal service laws and franking commission regulations: Mr. Rangel was accused of using his franking privileges for the benefit of a charitable organization and for solicitation of funds.

Count 6: Violating House Office Building Commission regulations. Mr. Rangel and his staff drafted solicitation letters on House property.

Count 7: Violation of the Purpose Law and the Member's Congressional Handbook: Mr. Rangel used House employees and other official House resources for work related to the Rangel Center and used his Congress member's allowance to pay expenses related to the Rangel Center.

Count 8: Violation of letterhead rule: Mr. Rangel sent letters related to the Rangel Center on House letterhead.

Count 9: Violating Ethics in Government Act and House Rule 26: Mr. Rangel submitted incomplete and inaccurate financial disclosure statements, and failed to report or erroneously reported items he was required to disclose under the Ethics in Government Act from 1998 through 2008. In particular, Mr. Rangel amended certain financial disclosure statements only after a House committee began investigating his reporting of income from his Dominican villa.

Count 10: Violating code of ethics for government service: Mr. Rangel leased a rent-stabilized apartment on Lenox Terrace in Harlem for residential use only, but was allowed by the landlord, a developer whom Mr. Rangel dealt with in his Congressional capacity, to use the apartment as office space for his campaign committee. The arrangement could be construed as influencing the performance of Mr. Rangel's official duties.

Count 11: Violating the Code of Ethics for Government Service: Mr. Rangel violated the code by failing to report rental income on his Dominican villa.

Count 12: Violating the letter and spirit of House Rules listed above.

Count 13: Conduct reflecting discreditably on the House: Mr. Rangel's improper solicitations and acceptance of donations for the Rangel Center; his misuse of House staff, letterhead and franking privilege for the Rangel Center solicitations; his failure to file full financial disclosure statement; his failure to report the rental income on his Dominican villa; and his use of his rent-controlled residential apartment for his campaign office all brought discredit to the House.

A slap on the wrist will follow shortly. Lefty comments blaming racism for Rangel's unethical dealings will be here momentarily.

It wouldn't do much good to... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

It wouldn't do much good to expel Rangel, since he has already been elected to the next Congress. In fact, the man he replaced, Adam Clayton Powell, was expelled and reelected.

Of course the CBC will stand by Rangel - why wouldn't they? They stood by William Jefferson, who was on video taking a $100,000 cash bribe and caught red-handed trying to retrieve it from his freezer after Katrina.

Next up: Maxine Waters.

I confess that I am shocked... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I confess that I am shocked. It's been 4 hours since Rangel was convicted and none of the usual lefties has arrived to declare that this was an act of unjustified racism.

Of course neither have they shown up to admit that just maybe there was a basis in fact for the criticism some level at the Congressman.

I don't think the majority ... (Below threshold)

I don't think the majority would really want him expelled. Having him around as a poster child for the liberals' "drained swamp", along with San Fran Nan, will help those 2012 campaign commercials just write themselves.

I posted this on a earlier ... (Below threshold)
Srtve Crickmore:

I posted this on a earlier post, but curious the company that jim m keeps.

Jim: Steve supports the OCE because he never questions his dem masters. Of course the dems want the OCE because it can create the impression that everything is OK with Congress. They want a fig leaf that allows them to claim purity.

Jim m and Boehner both want OCE neutered, but no one more than the Black Congressional Caucus. That should tell you something!

Again stevie, my problem is... (Below threshold)
JIm m:

Again stevie, my problem is that there really is no purpose having multiple groups fulfilling the same purpose. The only point is to create confusion and deniability and to so cloud the process for investigating ethics violations as to make it impossible to enforce them. That and creating bloated jobs and wasting my tax dollars.

One group to investigate and enforce ethics issues.

Counts 4&5 amount to theft ... (Below threshold)

Counts 4&5 amount to theft of taxpayer money and should be a felony.

Rangel should be in prison not congrASS.

Then again most of CongrASS should be in prison.

jim m, if the GOP in the n... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

jim m, if the GOP in the new Congress, wants to throw away this opportunity to expose corruption, that is their business, but you have to admit if Rangel and Maxine Watera and the rest of Black Congressional Caucus desperately wants this committee sidelined to save taxpayer's money you have more faith in the honesty of the Black Congressional Caucus than I have.

I `m for competing committees, one a neutral watchdog OCE, that found out Rangel, the other, the United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or
"Ethics Committeee" was subject to too much political pressure from the Speaker,- members were fired etc.

This can't be!!Nan... (Below threshold)

This can't be!!

Nancy said she was going to drain the house.

If this conclusion regarding Rangel's corruption is correct, that would mean...that...Nancy....lied....to....us.....

In the words of Luke Wilson's "Frank Vitchard" character from Anchorman: "I did not see that coming!!"....

In other news the sun rose ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

In other news the sun rose and set today.

And Janet Napaliatano is considering giving waivers to Muslim women from having to get the pat downs at airports.

Yes folks, the fruitcakes are really running the nuthouse.

Drain the swamp and you sti... (Below threshold)

Drain the swamp and you still have a lot of stinking mud.

RM - The real money quote w... (Below threshold)
jim m:

RM - The real money quote was from the former head of the TSA who said that "No one likes getting their 4th amendment rights violated, but we're going to have to do that."

Nice how these unelected bureaucrats think that they can just abrogate the Constitution because they feel like it. Time to pass a law that makes it a felony for a bureaucrat to knowingly violate the constitutional rights of Americans. I think 25 to life staring at these assholes would wake them up a bit.

"One group to investigat... (Below threshold)

"One group to investigate and enforce ethics issues."

Exactly. There's too much redundancy now in this regard. The Office of Congressional Ethics, the Congressional Ethics Committee, and any and all other committees or groups they form to perform the same functions that another has already concluded on.

Just to be contrary, I thin... (Below threshold)

Just to be contrary, I think they should have more offices etc to investigate corruption, it will keep them from passing anymore insane laws. In fact I think that's all they should do until the unemployment rate hits 4%.






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