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Charlie Rangel: ethics violator

Well, it took 18 months, but the House ethics committee has concluded that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the one-time chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, violated ethics rules and would face a trial of sorts starting next week. That’s also when a public statement of violation will be released. Even though much of it might already be known, I can’t wait to read it. What we already do know is pretty extraordinary.

The committee has had a lot to look into. But my favorite, hands down, is his amended financial disclosure forms that revealed not one but two checking accounts -- CHECKING -- with up to $500,000 in them. How that slips the mind of the man who at the time was the powerful chief of the tax-writing committee is beyond me.

"At long last, sunshine has pierced through this cloud that has been over my head for more than two years," Rangel said. This is classic Rangel. Trying to make a walk over hot coals look like a stroll on the Mall. I look forward to hearing whatever explanations he has for his violations. And I look forward to whatever penalties befall him.

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 22, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
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Comments

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | July 22, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Rangel has got to go. He is done.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | July 22, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The really interesting question is : how did a man who started with nothing and has lived on a salary averaging less than $150,000 per year wind up a multimillionaire ? Some how I do not think it was from clipping coupons.
WE all know the answer, but it would be fun to ask the question.

Posted by: devluddite | July 22, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat, but Charles Rangel appears to be one of those Congress-people who has been around long enough to develop that sense of entitlement that overtakes too many of them. Time for some new blood to represent his constituents.

Posted by: bienefes | July 23, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what it is about him, but somehow he always just looked sleazy.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 23, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

You've heard this before, but please, take just one moment to think about the sea of ink and thundering codemnations this story would have gotten if the miscreant had been a powerful House Republican. I guess that's because Democrats, being well-intentioned and right thinking men of good will, are entitled to kinder treatment.

Posted by: Roytex | July 23, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart, why not a little stronger on your comments? I have seen you use strong language when accusing Rep of lots of things. This man is a crook and it would be nice if you called him out on it, in a big way.

Posted by: mmourges | July 23, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The biggest ethics violator in the media is the editorial board of The Washington Post. Until Mr. Capehart and members of the editorial board of The Washington Post face their ethics demons and apologize in print for violating me on its editorial page, Mr. Capehart and his colleagues are not in any position to question others.

Robert Vinson Brannum
rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: robert158 | July 23, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

No. Charlie Rangel:CROOK. Charlie Rangel:THEIF. Charlie Rangel:LYING HIPOCRYTE.
Do your girlfriends at JournoList know what you're writing? Silly me. Of course they do.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | July 23, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

No. Charlie Rangel:CROOK. Charlie Rangel:THEIF. Charlie Rangel:LYING HIPOCRYTE.
Do your girlfriends at JournoList know what you're writing? Silly me. Of course they do.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | July 23, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

And DRAIN THE SWAMP Pelosi has stood by dirty Charlie all the way.

Lets investigate Nancy next - especially the abuse of the jet at her disposal and her son's employment at the home office of Countrywide Mortgage right after mommy got her job and right before the mortgage company caused the meltdown in housing.


Posted by: mlemac | July 23, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Tut, tut, Jonathan. Keep an open mind. After all, $500,000 is chump change to the Ways and means Committee.

Posted by: wgmadden | July 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh, the power of politics and the corruption that follows.

Posted by: chatmandu002 | July 23, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The news from the Bahston Globe no less, is that John F'ing Kerry, whom served in Viet Nam, dodged almost half a million dollars in taxes on his multi-million dollar yacht. We common everyday working Americans realize that taxes are way too high, but Kerry not only cheated his home state of Taxxachusetts of the $470,000+ in state taxes on the purchase of his little boat with 2 VIP cabins (John & Teresa are both VERY IMPORTANT), but even cheated the state on an annual tax of about $70,000. Kerry bought the yacht from a New Zealand builder, further cheating UNION shipbuilders in his or any US state!
Seeing as Sen Kerry supports healthcare, federal and state of Mass. scams, and all the other taxes for his pet projects, he should stop dodging taxes and step up with a check!

Jiminredstate

Posted by: Right1 | July 23, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

His lawyer will tell him the same thing Blago's counsel told him: Sit down and shut up!

Posted by: jeffandmyrna | July 23, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The reason it's OK for Charlie to have done what he did is because his pappy used to be a sharecropper and Charlie is just taking back from this corrupt racist government what he would have rightly inherited if hi poor pappy hadn't been a sharecropper. So in Charlie's mind, this is all nonsense. Not to worry, because the Black Caucus -- a real "special interest group" if ever there was one -- will tip the scales with a 100% vote for support. Some things never change. But I am stunned to see that Mr. Capehart wants to hear Rangle's "explanations". He also looks forward to the "penalties". Here's a bet that the lower the penalty the greater will be his satisfaction.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | July 23, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

He's toast. He should resign to save himself the extreme embarrassment of the hearing/trial. He's eighty, give it up Charlie.

Posted by: mtravali | July 24, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

to ALL,

let's NOT waste time & effort on a Congressional "investigation" of Congressman Rangel.

instead, turn the whole situation over to the local US Attorney's Office & IF there is ACTUAL evidence of wrong-doing, that are actually CRIMINAL ACTS,
1.INDICT him for those alleged crimes
2.PROSECUTE him in the federal district court and, if the evidence proves he was dishonest beyond a reasonable doubt,
3.CONVICT him
and
4.IMPRISON him for those crimes.

OR

"shut up" about them!
(i'm SICK to death of talk, talk & more talk, absent actual ACTION in all such cases!)

full disclosure: i'm a retired federal law enforcement officer of USACIDC & a former special deputy of the USMS.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Im with TN6-" turn the whole situation over to the local US Attorney's Office & IF there is ACTUAL evidence of wrong-doing, that are actually CRIMINAL ACTS,
1.INDICT him for those alleged crimes
2.PROSECUTE him in the federal district court and, if the evidence proves he was dishonest beyond a reasonable doubt,
3.CONVICT him
and
4.IMPRISON him for those crimes."
Because it it is true, Rangel will make some deal, everything will be forgotten and it will be business as usual back in the Congressional SWAMP.

Posted by: sukibarney | July 29, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

sukibarney,

EXACTLY CORRECT!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | July 29, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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