Democracy Now: Rep. Rangel Charged with 13 Ethics Violations

The House Ethics Committee has charged Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel of New York with thirteen separate violations of House rules. Rangel faces a possible ethics trial in mid-September. The charges were announced on Thursday after settlement talks broke down. Charges against Rangel include soliciting donations from people with business before his committee, not paying taxes on a Caribbean home, improperly using a rent-stabilized apartment in New York as a campaign office, and not properly disclosing more than $600,000 in income and assets. Attorneys for Rangel issued a thirty-two-page rebuttal to the charges. Rangel briefly spoke with reporters on Wednesday.

Rep. Charles Rangel: “Sixty years ago, I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea, and as a result, I wrote a book that, having survived that, that I hadn’t had a bad day since. Today I have to reassess that.”

~ by wheresthemic on July 30, 2010.

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