Charlie Rangel CHARGED With Ethics Violations, Trial To Be Held
WASHINGTON — A House investigative committee on Thursday charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel with multiple ethics violations, a blow to the former Ways and Means chairman and an election-year headache for Democrats.
The committee did not immediately specify the charges against the Democrat, who has served in the House for some 40 years and is fourth in House seniority. The announcement by a four-member panel of the House ethics committee sends the case to a House trial, where a separate eight-member panel of Republicans and Democrats will decide whether the violations can be proved by clear and convincing evidence.
The timing of the announcement ensures that it will stretch into the fall campaign, and Republicans are certain to make it an issue as they try to capture majority control of the House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had once promised to “drain the swamp” of ethical misdeeds by lawmakers in arguing that Democrats should be in charge.
The investigation of Rangel has focused on:
_His use of official stationery to raise money for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.
_Whether he had the Ways and Means Committee consider legislation that would benefit donors to the Rangel Center at the same time the congressman solicited donations or pledges.
_Preserved a tax shelter for an oil drilling company, Nabors Industries, which has a chief executive who donated money to the center while Rangel’s committee considered the loophole legislation.
_Used four rent-controlled apartment units in New York City, when the city’s rent stabilization program is supposed to apply to one’s primary residence. This raises the question of how all the units could be primary residences. One was a campaign office, raising the separate question of whether the rent break was an improper gift.
_Whether Rangel, as required, publicly reported information on the financing and rental of his ownership interest in a unit within the Punta Cana Yacht Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Rangel also had to pay back taxes on the rental income.
_Intentionally failed to report – when required – hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in assets. The amended disclosure reports added a credit union IRA, mutual fund accounts
Rangel Faces Ethics Trial (Updated)
By Michael McAuliff
NY Daily News
It looks like Rep. Charlie Rangel will finally get his day in court, so to speak.
The House ethics panel said this afternoon that its investigative subcommittee found the Harlem Democrat has committed unspecified violations, and it is forming an “adjudicatory subcommittee” to weigh the matter.
The new group, which includes no members from the investigative team, will meet next Thursday in an open “organizational meeting,” and ultimately will “determine whether any counts in the statement of alleged violation have been proved by clear and convincing evidence and to make findings of fact.”
Rangel has been under fire for nearly two years over his failure to report rental income, his fund-raising activities for a CUNY center named after him, and the use of four rent-controlled apartments.
And he was forced to step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee earlier this year after the ethics panel found he took a pair of Caribbean trips that he should have known were sponsored by corporations, and therefore not allowed.
“I was notified today, two years after I requested an investigation, that the Ethics Committee will refer the allegations reviewed by an Investigations Subcommittee to a Subcommittee that will review the facts.
“I am pleased that, at long last, sunshine will pierce the cloud of serious allegations that have been raised against me in the media.
“I will be glad to respond to the allegations at such time as the Ethics Committee makes them public.”
Rangel Faces Ethics Trial (Updated) »
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