Rep. Charles Rangel has stolen enough over the years. Anyone else would have been in jail 10 years ago.
How dare he say that he CAN’T afford a lawyer!!!
He is impertinent!
He should be put in jail and the amount of money that has been misappropriated should be not only returned, but his family should be investigated. I’m sure that over the years, the money he took wound up paying for kids, and schools and houses and trips and other LUXURIES that, we, the COMMON PEOPLE, can’t dream of doing. The idea that they are calling his LYING, a “sloppiness.” If I were THAT sloppy with my finances, the IRS and others would tell me that it’s MY fault for being sloppy, yet this LAWYER is ALLOWED to be sloppy. How LOW could the standards for lawyers be? And if the standards are so low for lawyers, then why are they allowed to be most of our representatives in the Congress and Senate?
How phony baloney can he get? “Need time to set up a legal defense fund?” How many of us even get a “legal defense fund?”
He’s wasted enough of our time and treasure
Investigation in to VOTER Fraud needs to be conducted. This type of arrogance and defiance of laws could not have gone without notice. HOW DOES A CORRUPT POLITICIAN GET ELECTED AND THEN RE – ELECTED AND THE REST OF THE POLITICIANS KNOW THAT HE IS AS CORRUPT AS THEY COME. OR IS HE? Maybe he’s only the bottom feeder? Maybe he’s the stop gap? If he’s the bottom of the barrel, then is it corrupt to that degree all the way to the top? Is Barrack H. Obama the TOP? I suspect that Obama is included, IN THIS TYPE of CORRUPTION. The sad part is that I don’t think Obama is the TOP. There are others the comprise an even larger entity.
So, in conclusion, “SH!T rolls down Hill” and Rangel is the stop gap. More to come, I’m sure. The Republicans are in no way exempt. They just don’t operate at this LOW a level.
Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel found guilty of 11 of 12 House ethics violations; could face censure:
Originally Published:Tuesday, November 16th 2010, 12:14 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 16th 2010, 2:48 PM
Claiming he was treated unfairly, Rangel called the decision “difficult to understand.”
“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?” Rangel said in a statement.
Rangel, 80, neglected to mention that it was his decision to show up for his ethics trial without a lawyer – and boycott the proceedings Monday after the panel refused his request for a delay.
“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,” Rangel continued.
The committee chairwoman, California Rep. Zoe Lofgren, said earlier they took no pleasure in punishing Rangel.
“We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the rule of law,” she said.
Rangel vented after the bipartisan panel found “clear and convincing evidence” that he violated House ethics rules, ending a two-year investigation into the legendary lawmaker’s tangled personal finances.
A source close to the raspy-voiced Democrat said he was not surprised by the panel’s decision.
“Even Charlie admitted he made mistakes,” the source said.
Good government groups like Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for Rangel’s resignation.
Rangel, who was recently reelected by a landslide despite the embarrassing charges that cost him the chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, gave no sign he intended to quit.
It also appeared unlikely the congressional panel would recommend expelling him from Congress.
The more likelier scenario is that the panel will reprimand – rather than formally censure – Rangel, which could still cause lasting damage to his reputation, experts said.
Rangel’s allies said the least severe punishment was the most likely because the panel’s top lawyer, Blake Chisam, argued there was no corruption or personal benefit in Rangel’s actions.
“When his colleagues think about the precedent they would be setting, it’s hard to see how they vote for censure,” a source said.
Rangel was facing 13 charges of financial and fund-raising wrongdoing, but the committee combined two counts.
Among other things, Rangel was accused of using his official letterhead to solicit money for a center in his name at City College, filing erroneous financial-disclosure statements, and misusing rent-controlled apartments in Manhattan.
Rangel was acquitted on the charge of violating the House of Representatives rule on accepting gifts. The panel was deadlocked on that count, 4 to 4.
Rangel had tried to delay his trial by telling the panel that his former lawyers abandoned him after he paid them nearly $2 million – and that he could no longer afford them.
When the Committee refused Rangel’s request, the lawmaker startled the panel by announcing that he was removing himself “from these proceedings.”
Then he walked out.
So the Committee proceeded without him.