November 16th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

House panel finds Rangel guilty of ethics violations

A House ethics subcommittee found longtime Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel guilty Tuesday on multiple violations of House rules.

The subcommittee, according to California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the ethics committee chairwoman, found "clear and convincing" evidence of guilt on 11 of 12 counts, including failing to pay taxes on a home in the Dominican Republic, misuse of a rent-controlled apartment for political purposes and improper use of government mail service and letterhead.

The veteran New York congressman was cleared of a charge relating to an alleged violation of the House gift ban.


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  1. DavidC

    So, don't report rental income in the Dominican Republic-Conviction. Illegally invade a sovereign nation and kill hundreds of thousands-book deal. Moral- THINK BIG

    November 16, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. PartisanSheep

    This is the result of a right wing conspiracy! No liberal Democrat would ever violate any public trust. This is all Dick Cheney's fault! Grrr....

    November 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CaptainObvious

    Yeah David because one side does something wrong its ok for you do something wrong. I knew 2 wrongs didn't make a right in elementary school. Wake up and smell the politics. Nothing is getting done in this country because people are more worried about party affiliation than they are about doing the right thing. The Dems had a majority and could have charged Bush, but they didn't, so you can be mad at your own corrupt party instead of Bush.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    When a politician cites "x number of years of service" as his defense – that is a good indication that he never pays attention to detail nor to ethics. He is too involved in "image".....which he has tarnished by his very poor egotistical decisions. Hopefully the voters in his district will be wise enough to know he does not represent them - only is own interests - and get him out of office pronto.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Dude

    This total P.O.S needs to be impeached and thrown out of congress. What a completely worthless dirtbag.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Dude

    @Mary... I agree. 50 years of "service"? A career politician if I ever saw one. Everytime I see this man I just absolutely want to vomit.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DavidC

    Dude – Members of Congress aren't impeached.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DavidC

    Captain obvious, while I agree with you about your other blog post about outsourcing, which MUST stop, if one follows your logic stream re: 2 wrongs, then may I assume you oppose both wars?

    November 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. So glad I'm 100% WHITE

    The guy's half PR and half black. What more do you need to know?

    Yawn...just another day at the office for his kind.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DavidC

    And Duke Cunningham was 100 percent white

    November 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    I am still trying to wrap my mind around his former lawyer's $2 mil legal fee, for defending ethics violation charges. That is one of the most amazing things I have read about this entire event. Not like he has been charged with a crime or threatened with expulsion.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CaptainObvious

    @ David: In hindsight I think everyone knows that Iraq should not have been fought. If you suggest that Afghanistan has no merits then I would disagree with you. The US had every right to defend itself, but bungled the war before it had officially started. We had Bin Laden cornered by CIA, yet they were not given the tools to capture or kill him. If we leave now then the country will return back the way it was and we still would have missed our objectives. War has been around forever and I see nothing to suggest that humanity will wake up. My solution to deal with the blood thirsty dictators is to allow assassinations. Most people hate dictators yet they often don't like the civilian casualties that come when toppling one. Dropping a bomb on a dictator could allow an opportunity for the people of that country to change things on their own. It would be much cheaper in terms of money and lives. I fear nothing gets solved because the cowboy mentality wants there to always be a bad guy to go after.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DavidC

    Mark – Exactly!

    November 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DavidC

    Captain Obvious- I fear no amount of time is going to clean up afghanistan. I feel we have more common ground than one would think though

    November 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CaptainObvious

    @David: I was saying two wrongs in terms of politics. Ever watch these guys defend their actions by pointing to someone of the opposite party? It's really amazing they make $170,000.00 a year to act like children. Both sides do it.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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