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House Ethics Committee Expands Rangel Investigation

By Perry Bacon Jr.
The House Ethics Committee announced plans Thursday to expand its investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who in August amended his congressional financial disclosure forms to acknowledge hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously unreported income and assets.

In a statement, the committee said it voted unanimously to add the fresh disclosures to its examination of Rangel, which has now lasted more than a year. Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, stands accused of a variety of ethical violations involving his finances. The committee said nothing Thursday about the progress of its probe or when it would end, but noted members had issued 150 subpoenas, interviewed 34 witnesses and held 30 meetings about Rangel.

A Republican-sponsored resolution to remove Rangel from his chairmanship was defeated Wednesday by Democrats, who said Congress should defer to the ethics committee. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) Wednesday repeated his call for Rangel to step down until the committee completes its investigation and said "we're going to continue to press this case."

The Congressional Black Caucus, which Rangel helped found more than four decades ago, after he was first elected to the House, strongly defended the Harlem lawmaker. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), its members blasted "partisan attempts to ignore the well-established, bipartisan congressional ethics committee."

"We are proud of the thoughtful leadership he provides to the House," the group wrote. "He has our full support for his work as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means while a bipartisan ethics review is pending."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 8, 2009; 4:49 PM ET
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When did Congress get ethics?

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 8, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

....resolution to remove Rangel from his chairmanship was defeated Wednesday by Democrats....

OK, Uncle Sam, get over here, bend over, grab your ankles and take it like a man! Again.

Democrats are digging themselves one giant hole they will regret after the 2010 elections.

Posted by: ohboy3 | October 8, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

How about Vitter and Ensign? Ethics...they don't know the meaning of the word!

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 8, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

A lot of countries have public corruption problems, the United States included. Graciously, the Transparency International people give the US a pretty high rating, but there's no law saying it'll stay there, unless people, elected, appointed, or otherwise, kind of tune up on the issue and how problems start, and how they are successfully resolved. Nobody's perfect, but as a world leader, we have to try harder, otherwise we end up like Mexico, with, and rampant crime and so forth and so on. We can do better, even if it means that some people have to find another line of work besides politics. Our government kind of has a lot of control over a lot of money, real, promissory, or otherwise, and that's a pretty big temptation for some, ranging from the military to contractors to employees to public officials, people like to play influence games, skim the till, and defraud the public outright. And, that's how we go another trillion in the hole every year. So, how to change, how to reform, how to ensure that what goes on in government is as above-board and well-intentioned and honest wherever and to the greatest extent humanly possible? By public involvement, for one, because an informed electorate is much more likely to be able to spot problems and give voice to issues like apparent conflicts of interest, bribery, so forth and so on. Some people make a living shoveling money into their pockets out of the federal till, while others in this country still go hungry. Somewhere in there, someone has to be actively trying to keep the books straight, and keep the usual list of suspects as far from the federal till as possible, regardless of position, party affiliation, and so forth. Recall elections work, Gov. Blagojevich got impeached...people are generally sick of past practices, and with good reason...

Posted by: walkerbert | October 8, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Rather clear Charles Rangel employs a tax filing preparation service known as ACORN.

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Posted by: PurlGurl | October 9, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

House Ethics...NOW there is an oxymoron!

The Investigation started a year that is really speedy a... all for one Congressman?

Yep Nancy is draining the swamp...right into our wallets.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | October 9, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi promised the American people that under her leadership the House would the "most ethical and transparent, ever".
Nancy Pelosi stated that the ethics investigation into the allegations against Charles Rangel would be completed by January 2009.
It appears Speaker Pelosi misspoke on both occasions.

Posted by: mwhoke | October 9, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

How is kidding whom. This miscreant, POS, bottom dwelling, scumbag could walk into the white house with a dead body under each arm and the only response from fellow dimoCRAPS would be to offer to help carry them.

What do you expect from a party whose constituents re-elected both Kennedy (a murderer) and Bryd (a KKK Grand Wizard and Keagle) 20 times each. Let's don't even talk about Jefferson (Bribery), Barry (crack), Hastings (bribery).

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone explored the idea that President Obama is the "ethical love child" of Charles Rangle and Nancy Palosi?

Posted by: DrMysterious | October 9, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Is this an attempt by the Democrat-controlled Ethics Committee to delay action on Rangel? And what is the payoff for the non-Democrats on the Committee to go along with this tactic?

Posted by: cleopatra11 | October 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

ethics in government is the funniest joke ever told.

Posted by: socalbob1 | October 9, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Like Polanski, all the qualities in the world should not protect a person from facing what any other would face for similar actions/crimes.

If Memory serves me Agnew was pushed out of the Vice Presidency for somewhere around 100'000$ being investigated and tax non-disclosure of around 30'000$.

This was correct.

Now it is time for Rangel to leave or be impeached. He did not make mistakes because he can't speak Spanish, that is like the dog eating the homework. He made a fortune on a small salary.

He took the American people for fools who would not DARE investigate the head of the Black Causus!

Posted by: sally62 | October 9, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

This makes me it because he is BLACK???????????? When are we going to STOP this????????? I know Obama is ashamed that Rangel is black.........

My late daddy would be ashamed he was a Democrat..........

Posted by: paulann1 | October 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

We all know what is going to happen................much later his supporters will say........."they investigated Rangel for 2 years and nothing...NOTHING was he charged with, so........he was innocent." Can you remember others????????? No charges....not guilty.........and now ....Bill Ayers is teaching our children at the University of Chicago....was he guilty? if you do not know then you NEED to your history...........

Posted by: paulann1 | October 9, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The Black Caucus is "RACIST"....."RACIST" can you read that? I wish I could talk with Nancy Pelosi, I have called, written her.........nothing, just nothing...We are all "Rednecks"

Posted by: paulann1 | October 9, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"""This makes me it because he is BLACK???????????? When are we going to STOP this????????? I know Obama is ashamed that Rangel is black....My late daddy would be ashamed he was a Democrat.."""
If Rangel were white, he would have been gone a long, long time ago.

Posted by: annlawler26 | October 10, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Pelost and her liberals, drag their feet on Rangel, the military, etc...But, boy howdy, how fast they ram these bills down our throats.

Posted by: annlawler26 | October 10, 2009 3:02 AM | Report abuse

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