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7/22/2010

Rangel Charged With Ethics Violations

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 4:26 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Former House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) has been charged with multiple ethics violations.

Sources reportedly told the Associated Press that “Rangel’s attorney and the committee had failed to reach a settlement, which would have required an admission from Rangel that he broke ethics rules.” I guess this means he’ll take his chances in a subcommittee trial.

H/T jakee308.
— DRJ

35 Responses to “Rangel Charged With Ethics Violations”

  1. the other donkeys will never convict him…

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. Yep, believe it when I see it. Rangel has been a crook for decades, is this their not so subtle way to push him out the door for a lucid – or what passes for lucidity in liberal world – replacement?

    GeneralMalaise (11870b)

  3. al manbearpig gore
    tell the girls “me so horny”
    al horndog gore now

    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/exclusive_al_gore_sex_scandal_two_new_female_accusers_assault/celebrity/69024

    ColonelHaiku (11870b)

  4. haiku most sorry
    not mean to hijack worthy
    “Rangel is douche” thread

    ColonelHaiku (11870b)

  5. Maybe he can swing the same deal Goldman Sachs got.

    Another Chris (40ac96)

  6. http://www.grumpclub.org/textfiles/apr06.htm

    Officer Cardillo is still unavailable for comment.

    Gazzer (800a42)

  7. Oops, I mean Officer Cardillo

    Gazzer (800a42)

  8. Charles Rangel Broke the Law
    ‘bet he get’s away with it
    In the Summertime

    The Haiku Zombie (b54cdc)

  9. Zombie’s have poor arithmetic skills.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  10. I think it’s the seriousness of my haiku’s charges that matter most, SPQR, not the extra syllables.

    The Haiku Zombie (b54cdc)

  11. I however am a purist.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  12. I guess an “ethics violation” is what Martha Stewart would call “a felony.”

    Kevin Murphy (5ae73e)

  13. martha stewart had
    handle in federal stir
    “Krackah Krust Killah”

    ColonelHaiku (11870b)

  14. If the IRS were not so scared to go after a senior member of Congress, Rangel would have been in jail a long time ago.

    Subotai (0247ad)

  15. His apartments in Harlem and the dacha in the Dominican Republic are kinda of hard to ignore.

    I don’t think they’ll find him guilty of bribery but it’ll damage him enough that he’ll lose his chairmanship and with that his influence.

    He ain’t no spring chicken and may just decide to take the money and run. I think the Dominican Republic has dicey extradition laws with U.S. and I’ve long suspected that ‘Cholly’ has some ties with some heavy hitters there. (think: Eric Clapton wrote a song about the substance these guys ‘trade’ in. They’re strictly import and export though, no production.)

    jakee308 (174da3)

  16. >I guess this means he’ll take his chances in a subcommittee trial.

    Good heavens, he’s in a spot of bother now, what?

    His penalty will be on the order of a 25% reduction of his ‘gin hookers and graft’ allowance

    jONES (72b0ed)

  17. You mean he’s not in jail yet? Toss him in the clink and let’s have fun talking about Basil Marceaux. It’s like The Onion is coming true!

    Gesundheit (6acc51)

  18. They must have someone that they feel is politically strong lined up to replace him . . .

    . . . either that, or else there’s just gonna be a “show trial” with a wrist-slap conclusion.

    Icy Texan (4ca17c)

  19. Well, if I am not mistaken the Ethics Committee is always split 50/50 between the two parties, no matter the actual party breakdown in the House. Perhaps one of the Dems on the committee wants to leap-frog Rangel in seniority on some committee or other and will thus sell him out.

    If the GOP had half the wits of a dung beetle they would be introducing legislation to strip the pension from any member who is found guilty of ethics violations.

    JVW (6425b3)

  20. If the GOP had half the wits of a dung beetle they would be introducing legislation to strip the pension from any member who is found guilty of ethics violations.

    I don’t think that’s a good idea, JVW, because I don’t trust Liberals or Progressives to behave ethically should such a rule be put into place. I suspect show trials and kangaroo courts to spring up everywhere, wiping out the retirement benefits of Republicans and their staffers while keeping Democrat retirements untouchable.

    I would rather see all retirement benefits for members of Congress and their staffs wholly eliminated. That, and a Constitutional Amendment setting Congressional term limits, would go a long way toward original intent for the federal government and the people in the federal government.

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  21. i can see them getting a retirement after twenty years….. maybe E-7 retirement pay and allowances.

    if its good enough for the defenders, its good enough for the leeches.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  22. If the GOP had half the wits of a dung beetle they would be introducing legislation to strip the pension from any member who is found guilty of ethics violations.

    They should also already be making plans to use this as another arrow in their quiver with which to hit the opposition in spots on TV, radio, and the like.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (cf2f34)

  23. yeah what 16 and 18 said the thief will skulk away with his lifetime pension and a slap on the wrist

    drone (1ea4a9)

  24. Rangel already gave up his chairmanship, presumably hoping to avoid further ethics scrutiny, so people should catch up on the news – that happened months ago. The Ethics Committees rarely do more than reprimand, and there is no chance the Holder DOJ would initiate a criminal investigation into Rangel’s affairs. Rangel’s only fear should be the statutes of limitation, and if they will have run out before a Republican AG gets hold of him.

    Adjoran (ec6a4b)

  25. The DOJ can’t — or shouldn’t — impede an IRS audit/investigation.

    Icy Texan (4ca17c)

  26. Rangel can use his oratorical skills in club fed

    EricPWJohnson (cc03e4)

  27. Chahlie thrown under
    bus that no way to treat a
    criminal nanski

    ColonelHaiku (6d95fe)

  28. My guess is that he will blame some staffer who was nominally in charge of such things as vehicle storage, off-shore accounts to hide assets and he always wondered why his ‘apartment(s)’ seemed so large.

    Just be thankful we don’t have a politician with Biden’s teeth and Rangle’s teeth and hair. Now that I think about it, that describes Rangle. I expect as much from Rangle. The voters who continue to reelect him are another story.

    vet66 (9d1bb3)

  29. How about this radical idea: If you elect someone from your district to Congress who loses his or her seat due to ethics violations, you go without a Congressperson for at least one full Congressional term. For example, if Rangel is expelled from Congress at the end of this month his seat stays vacant until the 2012 election. That might give the citizens some incentive to take seriously ethics violations, and in a closely divided Congress it would force the parties to take them seriously too.

    JVW (1aea71)

  30. The timing for this is pretty blatant. The Dems are going to try to point at this to show how even handed they are. It’s up to the GOP to show how long this has been going on for, how long old Charley has been under investigation for his ‘in your face’ rule breaking and fraud and how the Dems protected him. Even if he gets tossed/resigns the GOP can’t let this fade away.
    The idea previously mentioned about taking away a members pension if convicted of ethics violations is a good one. Hope someone from the GOP reads this blog.

    scr_north (6ae2d1)

  31. “Top o’the world, Ma!”

    Frank Drebbin (8096f2)

  32. From the ABC website:
    Mr. Rangel said Thursday in a statement that “at long last, sunshine will pierce the cloud of serious allegations that have been raised against me in the media” over the past two years. “I will be glad to respond to the allegations at such time as the ethics committee makes them public.”

    Wow!! In that statement Rangel sounds positively Blagojevichian.

    elissa (ac36f5)

  33. Unabashed racists you are. Seems like you would like to go back to the days of segregation and slavery.

    JD (776d66)

  34. Unabashed racists you are. Seems like you would like to go back to the days of segregation and slavery.

    JD (776d66)

  35. LOL, JD.

    I’m curious. Did you have pay extra to get that special all-purpose “racist” comment shortcut key on your computer? Or were you able to code it in yourself? Sure must save time over any given day!

    elissa (ac36f5)


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