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. DavidC

    Rep rangel is a decent and honorable man and I'm proud that he is a member of my state's congressional delegation

    November 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony M

      Rangel is not a decent and honorable man. I have watched many of his political maneuverings over the years.
      He's just a politician...and a common one, at that. Congress is a swamp of corruption. He's been there for 30 yrs.
      Do the math.

      November 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    CHARLIE,
    As the saying goes "Don't let the facts confuse you". The IRS will be knocking on your door with handcuffs just for you.The JIG is up.

    November 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DavidC

    Then John Ensign and C street next, god willing

    November 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NYC_APT_SITTER

    Charles Rangel is a disgrace and he represents EVERTHING WRONG in THIS STATE and THIS COUNTRY.

    Like NIXON...HE IS A CROOK

    November 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DavidC

    You obviously aren't apt sitting in Harlem

    November 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NYC_APT_SITTER

    Hey Charlie:

    Call the Maury Povich show...you can do a lie detector on these charges and find out if you the baby's daddy

    November 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NYC_APT_SITTER

    HE is a CROOK IN THE ENTIRE STATE NOT JUST HARLEM

    November 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. osama bin diesel

    I feel confident the man is a crook !

    November 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NYC_APT_SITTER

    but that is where is 4 RENT CONTROLLED APARTMENTS ARE

    November 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NYC_APT_SITTER

    but is ILLEGALLY PARKED CAR IS IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PARKING LOT in DC

    November 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NYC_APT_SITTER

    AND IS OOPS I FORGOT I HAVE A VACATION VILLA is in THE DR

    November 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    One would think that a lawyer would know what 'due process' means.

    November 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cesar

    Well Rangel, because you broke some rules and screwed with the IRS? Isn't this reason enough?

    November 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NYC_APT_SITTER

    He can't afford a lawyer...

    From the Wall St Journal 8/28/09
    Earlier this month the Chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee "amended" his 2007 financial disclosure form—to the tune of more than a half-million dollars in previously unreported assets and income. That number may be as high as $780,000, because Congress's ethics rules only require the Members to report their finances within broad ranges. This voyage of personal financial discovery brings Mr. Rangel's net worth for 2007 to somewhere between $1.028 million and $2.495 million, while his previous statement came in at $516,015 and $1.316 million.

    The ONLY THING YOU CAN'T BELIEVE IS CHARLIE

    November 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fatso

    Rangel is a fatso too.

    November 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
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