November 15, 2010


Ethics Panel Says Facts Not Disputed

In an ominous sign for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), the House ethics committee "said the facts presented by a prosecutor accusing Mr. Rangel of violating Congressional rules were not in dispute and that the congressman himself had not refuted the charges," the New York Times reports.

"The committee's finding came after an unusual public hearing that was abbreviated by the longtime congressman's dramatic exit from the proceedings. Mr. Rangel, who appeared at the inquiry alone, stunned the packed hearing room by walking out after complaining that he had no lawyer because he could not afford the millions of dollars in legal fees he had racked up during the two-year investigation."

New York Post: "If the judges decide Rangel violated any House rules, the full ethics committee would hold a hearing on how Rangel would be punished. The most likely sanction would be a House vote deploring his conduct."










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