Rangel faces charges of breaking congressional rules

Via McClatchy, not the kind of news that will help Democrats’ case in November:

WASHINGTON — Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, committed an undisclosed ethics violation, a House investigatory subcommittee determined Thursday.

Congressional officials knowledgeable with the ethics process said the exact nature of the violation — or violations — won’t be publicly revealed until Rangel goes before an eight-person adjudicatory subcommittee of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct next Thursday to state his case.

The formation of subcommittee, which will consist of four Democrats and four Republicans, is rare. The last time one was convened was in 2002 to handle the case of former Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, who was under investigation in connection with bribery, racketeering and tax evasion convictions.

Traficant was expelled from Congress, served seven years in prison and unsuccessfully tried to get on the ballot to run for the House this year.

Rangel, D-N.Y., has been under a lengthy probe by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for a series of ethics allegations that includes failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income and assets, improper use of several rent-controlled apartments in his Harlem district, fundraising efforts for a college center that bears his name, and failing to pay taxes on property he owns in the Dominican Republic.

If the panel finds Rangel guilty, he could be expelled from Congress.

Apparently, it takes almost four years to “drain the swamp.”

35 comments Add your comment

booger

July 22nd, 2010
6:03 pm

I’m afraid we will not see a lot happen before November. This will be a foot dragger for sure.

DannyX

July 22nd, 2010
6:27 pm

Looks like Rangel should have quit moved to Georgia and run for governor.

America

July 22nd, 2010
6:35 pm

“The case could end with a simple admonishment of Mr. Rangel, which is the most common action by the Standards Committee” This is JUST ONE MORE example of why we the people need to kick the GOBs on both isles out on their collective a s s e s in November. The liars, er lawyers keep proclaiming innocence for this type activity while the evidence says we must believe them or our lying eyes!

Scum. Pure scum in DC – and it crosses both parties and all races. Kick them all out.
They should be so lucky if that’s all that happened. Really, some should be in prison. I’m sure Rangel just HATES being told tsk,tsk,tsk * wink* *wink* as he keeps the ill-gotten gains and retires to the Dominican with his Fed Gov retirement and $$$$ intact.

@@

July 22nd, 2010
6:40 pm

In the beginning, there was a lot of resistance from congress on investigation of Rangel. This is not going to sit well with the CBC, seein’s how others (Dodd-Frank-??????) have been given a pass. Can’t say as I would blame ‘em either.

DannyX

July 22nd, 2010
6:59 pm

“Pure scum in DC – and it crosses both parties and all races. Kick them all out.”

The problem ‘America’ is that no one wants to kick them out. This is just political ammunition for people like Kyle, who most definitely slings it one way.

The fact is anyone in power is suspect. The Georgia Republicans lead by the governor and the freshly resigned in disgrace Richardson, are just the tip of the iceberg here in Georgia. As are the local Democrats lead by Bill Campbell and the Atlanta cronyism that still exists today.

Watch all the finger pointing that goes on as this blog progresses. (I see it already started.) Each side fighting over how corrupt the other side is.

Watch the politicians from both sides cry out for “tough new ethics laws,” only to see them watered down or completely ignored. Then watch in November as both sides re-elect their crooks and possibly give them promotions.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 22nd, 2010
7:35 pm

Highly suspicious that the control party only investigates those of the Afircan-American persuasion within its midst.

Grand Forks

July 22nd, 2010
8:32 pm

“Apparently, it takes almost four years to “drain the swamp.””

Not that Princess Nancy ever cared about corruption.

Grand Forks

July 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

“If the panel finds Rangel guilty, he could be expelled from Congress.”

He should rot in prison along with Dodd and Frank. I’m sure Frank would love being locked up with a couple of old men.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 22nd, 2010
8:36 pm

Watch the politicians from both sides cry out for “tough new ethics laws,” only to see them watered down or completely ignored.

If I were a betting man, that’s where I’d put my money. Both sides profit from it and neither side has an interest in seeing it end. Oh, they’ll get up and harrump like crazy when the heat is on but when things die down, it’s back to business as usual.

retiredds

July 22nd, 2010
10:02 pm

At least Rangel stayed. Deal quit so he wouldn’t have to face the ethics panel.

Port O'John

July 22nd, 2010
10:06 pm

No Congressional panels since 2002?

That’s what I call “don’t ask don’t tell.”

miles

July 22nd, 2010
10:11 pm

OF COURSE deal BLAMED nancy pelosi FOR HIS ETHICS VIOLATION….

Grand Forks

July 22nd, 2010
10:27 pm

Speaking of Pat.

Obama team’s panic over losing whites

On Monday, the Department of Agriculture demanded the resignation of Shirley Sherrod over a two-minute videotape where she appeared to describe to a cheering crowd of the Georgia NAACP how she denied assistance to a poor white farmer about to lose his land.

Declaring itself “appalled” at this “shameful” act of racism, the NAACP said it would investigate the Georgia crowd that cheered her and praised the Department of Agriculture for firing her.

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was begging for Sherrod’s forgiveness, and the NAACP was burbling apologies.

For the video turned out to be an excerpt from a speech in which Sherrod described her growth from a bitter black woman whose father was murdered by a white man into one who found joy helping poor white folks keep their farms.

What was it that caused the rush to judgment by Vilsack, the NAACP and a White House that supported the ouster of Sherrod without talking to her or viewing the full tape?

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=182461

Grand Forks

July 22nd, 2010
10:30 pm

More bad news for miles messiah.

O’s jobs errors
Why the president failed so miserably to deliver

The White House last year released a supposedly sci entific analysis that claimed to show that adopting the “stimulus” bill would cut unemployment. Indeed, the report specifically estimated that the unemployment rate today would be down to 7.5 percent.

Something obviously went wrong. The actual unemployment rate is 9.5 percent, a statistic that doesn’t include the millions who’ve given up looking for work or can only find part-time jobs. What were President Obama’s biggest mistakes?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/jobs_errors_HhM8thFjyVk9R4TvVatPCN

Captain Chaos

July 22nd, 2010
11:18 pm

While I’m normally against excessive moderation, if Kyle doesn’t ban those two IPs this board will become a ghost-town and the only ones left will be the two idiots constantly whining at each other.

Scout

July 23rd, 2010
12:26 am

Scout

July 23rd, 2010
12:27 am

Grand Forks:

I miss your help over on Bookman. What the heck happened ?

John Konop

July 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

Will Nathan Deal call for Charlie Rangal to resign or will him defend Rangal? And will Deal use the same defense for Rangal he used for himself?

Arrogant B@st@rd

July 23rd, 2010
7:41 am

Grand Forks:

I miss your help over on Bookman. What the heck happened ?

Read the Captain’s post at 11:18, suck up!

HAHAHAHAHA!

That brat runs his nasty yap so much he keeps getting banned! How many times is it GFY? Six? Seven?

Horrible Horrace

July 23rd, 2010
8:01 am

Rangel just an old fool.

Don't forget

July 23rd, 2010
8:17 am

Charlie’s gotta go. He shoulda retired when he gave up the ways and means chairmanship.

Grand Forks

July 23rd, 2010
8:22 am

“I miss your help over on Bookman. What the heck happened ?”

Jay got mad because I made left wingers wet their pants.

Grand Forks

July 23rd, 2010
8:22 am

“That brat runs his nasty yap so much he keeps getting banned! How many times is it GFY? Six? Seven?”

Twice.

Grand Forks

July 23rd, 2010
8:23 am

“While I’m normally against excessive moderation, if Kyle doesn’t ban those two IPs this board will become a ghost-town and the only ones left will be the two idiots constantly whining at each other.”

Says a person who never blogs here. LOL

1.21 Gigawatts

July 23rd, 2010
8:32 am

Speaking of democrats who don’t pay their taxes……….

Sen. John Kerry skips town on sails tax

Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.

http://bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1269698

Obama is a liar

July 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

Barack the liar

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” -Barack Obama

The Tax Tsunami On The Horizon

Fiscal Policy: Many voters are looking forward to 2011, hoping a new Congress will put the country back on the right track. But unless something’s done soon, the new year will also come with a raft of tax hikes — including a return of the death tax — that will be real killers.

Through the end of this year, the federal estate tax rate is zero — thanks to the package of broad-based tax cuts that President Bush pushed through to get the economy going earlier in the decade.

But as of midnight Dec. 31, the death tax returns — at a rate of 55% on estates of $1 million or more. The effect this will have on hospital life-support systems is already a matter of conjecture.

Resurrection of the death tax, however, isn’t the only tax problem that will be ushered in Jan. 1. Many other cuts from the Bush administration are set to disappear and a new set of taxes will materialize. And it’s not just the rich who will pay.

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/541131/201007211841/The-Tax-Tsunami-On-The-Horizon.aspx

Scout

July 23rd, 2010
9:11 am

Arrogant B@st@rd

Can’t take it huh ?

Grand Forks

July 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

Scout

Nope and Jay admitted that on his blog. He wrote that he banned NRB2 because the left wing bed wetters were getting their feelings hurt. His words, too. He also mentioned that NRB2 had a pic of Tim McVeigh on some page. How Jay found that, I have no idea.

Anyway, @@ once told me that some left winger on Bookmans page discovered her e-mail address and sent her threats etc. Stuff like that will get the AJC sued.

Intown

July 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

If he’s guilty, let him get replaced by a fresh face. Now, if I remember correctly, there were both Dems and Repubs on the list of those being investigated. Ethics is not really a partisan issue.

saywhat?

July 23rd, 2010
10:21 am

Kyle, what Captian chaos said at 11:18. As I have stated before, it reflects badly on you that you allow your blog to be littered by such idiocy.

Grand Forks

July 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

saywhat?

Interesting that you come over here from Jay’s blog to cry.

Grand Forks

July 23rd, 2010
10:40 am

“it reflects badly on you that you allow your blog to be littered by such idiocy.”

Then Jay and Cynthia must be really really bad.

Kyle Wingfield

July 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

(Sighing) I can’t monitor comments 24/7. This seems to have been provoked by miles, whom I’d already warned a couple of days ago. So, he’ll be off the blog until Monday.

Grand Forks: Remember, no gloating about another person’s ban.

Grand Forks

July 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

Kyle Wingfield

I’m not gloating. I also told him that I was not angry and was happy to see the first half black president in office. I also reminded him that you’d warned us the other day about arguing.

Again, this is exactly what happens over on Bookmans blogs. Someone like me comes in, speaks the truth about what left wingers really are, and then some left winger starts provoking and stirring up trouble. Happens all the time over there. Only over there, Jay bans the righties.

No More Progressives!

July 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

Rangel faces charges of breaking congressional rules

It’s about time.