November 16th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

Rangel: 'How can anyone have confidence' in ethics vote?

Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel issued the follow statement after he was found guilty by an ethics subcommittee Tuesday on multiple violations of House rules.

"How can anyone have confidence in the decision of the Ethics Subcommittee when I was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room? I can only hope that the full Committee will treat me more fairly, and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanctions.

I am disappointed by the unfortunate findings of the Ethics Subcommittee. The Committee's actions are unprecedented in view of the fact that they arrived at without rebuttal or counter evidence on my behalf.

While I am required to accept the findings of the Ethics Committee, I am compelled to state again the unfairness of its continuation without affording me the opportunity to obtain legal counsel as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

This unfair decision is the inevitable result of the Committee's insistence on moving forward despite the absence of any legal representation on my behalf. The Committee elected to reject my appeal for additional time to secure new counsel and thus acted in violation of the basic constitutional right to counsel.

The Committee's findings are even more difficult to understand in view of yesterday's declaration by the Committee's chief counsel, Blake Chisam, that there was no evidence of corruption or personal gain in his findings.

From here forward, it is my hope that the full Ethics Committee will take into consideration the opinion of its chief counsel as well as the statement by Rep. Bobby Scott, a member of its investigatory subcommittee who said that any failings in my conduct were the result of "good faith mistakes" and were caused by "sloppy and careless recordkeeping, but were not criminal or corrupt."

Ethics subcommittee finds Rangel guilty

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  1. Sgt. Slaughter

    Why did the New Haven, Ct firefighters have to take their reverse discrimination case to tha Supreme Court?

    Answer; cuz all the black firefighters could not pass the promotional test..

    So they tried to block those that did pass from being promoted.....

    The black firefighters wanted a do-over cuz they couldn't pass the first time.....

    It didn't work

    The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the white firefighters and upheld the test results. Allowing them to be promoted

    November 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sgt. Slaughter

    Just like Ol Charlie they were crying for some extra-special treatment

    Enough already

    Gey over it

    Act white....cuz that's what you really want to be anyway

    November 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 4thecreative

    @sgt. slauaghter

    all you have is retoric and generalizations to questions only you up with when it works for you. Like no white people have cried for special treatment

    We need people who can face the hard questions and not ignorantly claim what other people want in life.

    No REAL answers, SAD.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
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