Corrupt Congressman Rangel Found Guilty

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A bipartisan House ethics panel has just convicted 20-term Demonrat Congressman Charlie Rangel (NY) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules!
After hours of deliberation, the panel concluded that there was “clear and convincing evidence” of wrongdoing by Rangel. The 13 counts stem from several House ethics violations, including improperly using his office to solicit donations for a school of public policy in his name at the City College of New York, using a residential apartment in Harlem for his campaign office, failing to report more than $600,000 on his financial disclosure report and failing to pay taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee said, “We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law. We believe we have accomplished that mission.”
The full ethics panel will now convene a sanctions hearing to recommend a punishment. Serious sanctions — including formal reprimand, censure or expulsion — require a vote on the House floor. Expulsion requires a two-thirds vote, while a reprimand, which Rangel refused to agree to in July, or a censure would need just a simple majority. The ethics panel could also impose a fine and diminish some of Rangel’s privileges.
In an official statement, Rangel slammed the ethics subcommittee’s “unprecedented” decision, saying his due process rights were violated since the panel ruled without him having legal representation. Blah, blah, blah.
The House Ethics Committee’s decision comes one day after the panel rejected an emotional plea by Rangel to delay the trial because he lacked counsel. Rangel’s team of attorneys told him they could no longer represent him in mid-October, and Rangel said he could not afford to hire a replacement right away after incurring nearly $2 million in legal fees over the past two years.
Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, applauded the decision and called on Rangel to resign. “All of Mr. Rangel’s theatrics aside, the facts were clear: Mr. Rangel violated numerous House rules and federal laws,” she said. “Whether these violations were deliberate or inadvertent, the American people deserve to be represented by members of Congress who adhere to the highest ethical standards. Mr. Rangel should resign.”
[Source: The Hill]
H/t beloved fellows Steve & Tina.

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0 responses to “Corrupt Congressman Rangel Found Guilty

  1. It would be nice if they took away his pension. 🙂

  2. I wouldn’t bet on him getting anything more than slap on the wrist for his crimes. The Constitution is nothing more than toilet paper to liberals like Rangel

  3. Yeah I’m not holding my breath that he’ll get any serious penalties – the D’s don’t like to punish their own no matter how big a crook you are…

  4. I hope they fry his ass

  5. Voters gave him another term despite knowing full well the man is guilty as hell. It is depressing when voters act that stupid and it makes me feel completely hopeless.
    Will someone tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘It’s time to leave now Mary. There are some nice uninhabited beaches in Panama.’

  6. Whatever, more of the same, they’re all crooks busy ripping us off. Funny, they pass the laws we must abide by, but not them. I’m running a little short this month, maybe I should run for office. That’s what it’s all about now, getting what you can for yourself, by whatever means possible. Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather how much you can get from your country………run for office to increase your bottom line. The same crap is going on in Quebec right now, where there are justice ministers and memebers of parliament including the premiere facing allegations of money stuffed envelopes, contributuions etc… The justice minister kept it quiet for over 20 years, but now that it is being aired…..”oh Yeah, I got one of those stuffed envelopes too, I just remembered” Bunch of criminals, with very little if any morals and concern for you and I. It’s all about them and how much they can profit at the expense of our countries, families, children and futures. I can’t take much more of this abuse………

  7. even though the man is and has been a crook for years he was reelected with 80% of the vote from his district. guilty guilty and watch and see as nothing to extreme will happen to him. no jail time no loss of money or pension they will quietly slap him on the hand and say bad boy bad.

  8. Rangel has a powerful get-out-of-jail-free card. He’s black and has the all-powerfull “D” behind his name. He’s as safe as a baby in it’s mother’s arms.

    • Glad you’ve fixed your computer problems and are back online, Dave!
      Fellowship just isn’t the same without your inimitable irascible self. LOL 😀

  9. The people that elected him are just as corrupt. What Rangel did deserves
    time in the big house and loss of pension. He was corrupt most of his career.


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