July 29th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

Ethics panel charges Rangel

The House ethics committee on Thursday accused veteran Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of House rules involving alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress.

"Credibility is what's at stake here; the very credibility of the House itself before the American people," said Rep. Mike McCaul, the ranking Republican on a subcommittee that will hold a trial-like hearing on the charges against Rangel.

McCaul spoke at the subcommittee's first meeting, which heard the charges against Rangel, a 20-term Democrat from New York running for re-election this year. Rangel was not required to attend and did not show up.

According to committee documents, Rangel earlier filed a motion to dismiss the allegations against him that was denied.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    It appears that Charlie Rangel has offered what the Republican Potty'ticians have wanted for a very long time (Involutary Military Service, the 'draft') in a crass and callous attempt to obtain leverage with the Republican Potty'ticians in his ethic's hearing.

    Before Congress, H.R. 5741 is currently being argued in the house of representatives. If this bill is passed, H.R. 5741 will give the president the power to require 2 years of compulsory service from every US resident between ages 18 and 42. If this bill passes thru Congress, it would likely be modified by the US Senate. Such a involuntary enlistment law is likely going to happen, thanks entirely to America's enormous Shadow Government that is now pulling the strings and running out of cannon fodder for their future wars.

    The bill's sponsor is Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel. The bill does not yet have a co-sponsor. It was introduced on July 15th and is now before the armed services committee.

    Is this obvious Republican pandering bill which smacks and smells like it has US Senator John McCain's handy work all over it, simply an attempt by Charlie Rangel to work out an agreement during his ongoing ethics hearing?

    As I have mentioned before, McCain-Palin would have already passed this bill or one nearly identical to it into law, filling the US Military with fresh recruits needed for the future Republican led Shadow Government created wars in their future.

    Despite US Military recruiters portraying a rosy picture of plenty of new volunteers, the US Military is largely overworked, and largely understaffed by troops that have chosen to leave after multiple back breaking dutys in Iraq or Afghanistan. You think 42 years old is to old to be forced to serve? ROV drivers that fly remote controlled reconn and attack vehicles only need a minimal amount of physical conditioning and would likely be staffed by those of that age group if they were 'lucky'.

    July 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manfred in California

      Smith in Oregon

      You sound like a know it all. What proof do you have that this is what the Republican party wants? How do you know that if the McCain-Palin team were in power that a bill just like thgis would have passed.

      How much do you charge for your fortune telling myths?

      July 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rick

    Well it's pretty obvious that you don't know your facts on this topic andinstead have chosen to view this through a partisan lense. This bill, in virtually the same form has been introduced by Democrat Charlie Rangel at least 3 times before. So to say that it is a Republican initiative to drum up ready recruits for the military to fight in Republican-led wars is disingenuous at best. Democrat Charlie Rangel obviously wants universal national service requirements for all US residents; Democrat Barrack Obama called for universal national service requirements for all Americans during his campain; Democrat Rahm Emanuel wrote a book about "the plan" to draft every American aged 18 to 25 years old into a 2-year universal national service obligation. These are clearly democrat-led initiatives, so you can't hang this on Republicans.

    Now, having said that, I do believe that a vast majority of our elected officials (both R's & D's) agree that there should be a national service requirement. Unfortunately for them, the citizens of this country (who they can't seem to listen to any more) simply disagree – in large numbers. So, I believe that at some point this concept will make its way through Congress and be signed into law. It is at that point that Republicans, Democrats & Independents alike need to set aside their differences for a moment and stand in united opposition to being forced into national servitude. We can't fight this thing properly if we allow the elected officials to successfully divide us into separate camps of people who oppose forced servitude for different reasons, and then utilize our differences to play one side against the other. So let's forget about WHY we think mandatory universal national service is wrong, and focus on the fact that we both agree it's just wrong so that we can fight it together.

    July 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manfred in California

      Rick

      I applaud your factual reply. You have the facts and blew away that hot head from Orego

      July 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |