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Ethics Panel Launches Rangel Probe

As expected, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct voted today to form an investigative subcommittee to probe multiple allegations of impropriety against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).

The subcommittee will be run by the same two members who run the full committee: Acting Chairman Gene Green (D-Texas) and ranking member Doc Hastings (R-Wash.).

The subcommittee plans to investigate four issues: 1) Rangel's use of official letterhead to set up meetings with potential donors to an educational center bearing his name; 2) His use of four rent-stabilized apartments in New York City; 3) His financing of a Dominican Republic villa and his alleged failure to properly account for the property on his financial disclosure forms; and 4) His storage of a personal car in a House garage.

Republicans have called for Rangel to step down from his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, but he has declined to do so and denied doing anything "morally wrong" in any of these cases. It is not clear whether the ethics panel can reach any conclusion in the case before the end of the 110th Congress.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 24, 2008; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Comments

About time! Maybe this story can be put on the front page instead of being buried in the Politics section.

This pig needs to be removed from the trough.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 26, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Maybe when they finish with this version of the "crepple's candidate", they can start trying to figure out why Obamoron could not get a legitimate mortgage when everyone else on the planet could. Why crawl in bed with a scum like Rezko if you absolutley don't have to. There is plenty more to this story than what has been told.

But what do you expect when you have lame asses on the WApost talking about Biden's plane as being "muppet headquarters". Is there no integrity in journalism anymore? Don't depend on these pigs (from either party) to police themselves. They have too much crap on one another and owe everyone in town a favor.

When the ethics committee finishes with the above mentioned scum they might want to spend a bit of time discussing why virtually every Democrat in office voted against S.190 (109th) which may have lessoned the fiancial crisis we're in right now at the same time that they were shoveling money in their pockets from the Fannie/Freddie fan club.

Posted by: Obama - the Socialists' puppet | September 26, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Rangle is just the tip of the Money grubbing thieves in congress. Given the sevarity of the Economic plumit and the amount of tax-payer dollars involved, maybe we need to take this futher. Maybe it's time Barney Franks,Sen.DODD, Pelosey and rest of the congress be investgated for not following the contituion and and not acting in the best interest of the people. Between stonewalling the energy bills and trying to rotect other member of the congress , Knowing full well the great damage that has done and will be done to the country in the name of greed, hate and politics is Borderline treason. AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH.

Posted by: D H ELLIOTT | September 27, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's start at the top first by prosecuting Bush and his money grubbing scavengers, who have already commited treason and trashed the Constitution, for murder of US citizens sent to fight an illeagl war.............then deal with less important issues.

Posted by: G. Winston | September 30, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Not long ago the Squeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated that the amount of earmarks would be sharply curtailed or eliminated, yet there are over 2,200 earmarks larding up the latest bill. They're not called 'earmarks' anymore but something else. Huh! It's still pork. They must think we're all retarded. This is just one more argument for term limits!

Posted by: Michael P. Gosselin | September 30, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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