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It’s about darn time, Rangel finally busted

July 22, 2010

Rep. Charles Rangel Faces Ethics Charges

Updated: Thursday, 22 Jul 2010, 5:58 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 22 Jul 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

By ARUN KRISTIAN DAS

MYFOXNY.COM – A U.S. House of Representatives investigative committee has charged Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, with multiple ethics violations, the AP reported.

In March 2010, he stepped aside as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee after being admonished by the ethics committee over corporate trips to the Caribbean.

The investigative panel’s charges will now be referred to a separate ethics panel, which will weigh a case against Rangel, the AP reported.

In the past, Rangel has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in connection with a number of revelations. He has been under an ethical cloud for a few years regarding questions about those Caribbean trips, unreported income from a home he owns in the Dominican Republic, the rent he pays on rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem building, and his alleged use of House stationary to solicit money for an academic center that bears his name at CUNY’s City College.

Rangel, 80, is considered the dean of the New York congressional delegation. He first won his seat in 1970 and is running for re-election this year.

His district covers Harlem, Inwood, Marble Hill, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, parts of the Upper West Side, and Randall’s Island in Manhattan; Rikers Island in the Bronx; and a nonresidential sliver of northern Astoria in Queens.

MyFoxNY.com is updating this story.

BREAKING: Rep. Charlie Rangel To Be Charged With Ethics Violations? UPDATED »

By Celeste Katz

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Source says New York Rep. Charlie Rangel will be charged with ethics violations.

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The AP’s Larry Margasak reports from Washington:

“A House investigative committee has charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, with multiple ethics violations… The charges were announced Thursday. The panel’s actions sends the
case to a trial on the allegations. A separate ethics panel will decide
whether the alleged violations can be proved by clear and convincing
evidence.”

Rangel stepped aside as head of Ways and means in March after ethics authorities reprimanded him for taking Caribbean junkets.

The AP’s sources said an attempt by the committee and Rangel’s attorney to negotiate a settlement to end the case failed [and] settlement would have required Rangel to agree that he violated ethics rules.

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