[Guest post by DRJ]
Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel confirmed Thursday night that the House ethics committee determined he violated House rules in connection with two trips to the Caribbean:
“The House ethics committee says in a three-page report that Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., “violated the House gift rule” by accepting travel to Antigua in November 2007 and St. Maarten in November 2008 paid for by corporate funds.”
Rangel is not happy to find out he’s expected to talk to and supervise his staff when it comes to free trips to the Caribbean:
“Common sense dictates that members of Congress shouldn’t be held responsible for what could be the wrongdoing or the error of their staff unless they think the member knew or should have known. And there is nothing in the record on that,” Rangel told reporters Thursday night.
“I have to now deal with my lawyer to figure out what the hell they mean,” he added. “…That what a staff member does but a member doesn’t know it –- the member could be charged and admonished publicly for it? I think right now I will let the general community make its own judgments based on what the ethics committee has said and I’ll get back to you with a longer statement afterwards.”
Rangel also had a run-in with a CNN reporter and a heated exchange with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House ethics committee.
He’s taking this well.