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NOVEMBER 19, 2010

In a low and pleading voice, Rep. Charles Rangel asked for mercy from the House ethics committee Thursday before panel members said the 80-year-old lawmaker deserved censure, a punishment just short of expulsion from Congress.

Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D., Calif.) said the panel voted 9-1 in favor of censuring Mr. Rangel and requiring him to pay any unpaid taxes on unreported rental income from a vacation home he owns in the Dominican Republic.

Those recommendations now go to the full House for a vote, which is expected after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The House ethics panel determined Thursday that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) should be censured for his ethics violations.

The panel on Tuesday found Mr. Rangel had violated nearly a dozen congressional rules, including failure to pay some taxes and misusing both his staff and the imprimatur of his office.

Blake Chisam, the ethics-committee lawyer who is serving as prosecutor for Mr. Rangel’s disciplinary proceedings, told the panel Thursday that the senior New York Democrat’s conduct “demonstrated a lack of attention and carelessness over a broad range of issues over a lengthy period of time.”

Mr. Chisam said that censure, the most severe punishment short of expulsion from the House, was appropriate. The panel had weighed whether to recommend censure or a reprimand, a less severe penalty.

Both censure and reprimand are symbolic acts of publicly shaming the offending lawmaker on the House floor. Neither carries legal repercussions.

Dates of a Scandal

The ethics panel this week found Mr. Rangel misused congressional staff and supplies; solicited donations for a college center named in his honor from business leaders with legislative issues before his committee; failed to report assets; failed to pay taxes on rental income from the Dominican villa; and misused a rent-stabilized apartment in New York as a campaign office.

The 11 counts against Mr. Rangel were a record for the panel, which in its 43-year history has only recommended censure three times and reprimand nine times, said the committee lawyer Mr. Chisam. Although rare, the panel is preparing for another trial during the lame-duck session. Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) has been accused of helping a bank in which her husband had an investment.

Some Democrats on the panel suggested Mr. Rangel’s offenses, while serious, deserved only a reprimand.

“Censure is extreme. It should be reserved for intentional conduct where the member has derived a personal financial benefit. That is not this case,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.).

Mr. Rangel nearly lost his composure as the hearing came to an end. Asked if there was anything further he wanted to say before the panel left to deliberate his fate, tears welled in his eyes and he wiped his hand across his face, taking a long, quiet pause before answering.

“I thank you for this awkward opportunity to express myself, and I apologize for any embarrassment I’ve caused you individually or collectively,” he said.

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Rep. Charles Rangel at Thursday’s ethics-panel hearing. ‘I was not trying to criminally hide anything from the IRS or from the Congress,’ he said.

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Mr. Rangel, who has represented Harlem in Congress for 40 years, faced the most withering criticism from the panel’s senior Republican, Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama.

“It is my unwavering view that the actions, decisions and behavior of our colleague from New York can no longer reflect either honor or integrity,” Mr. Bonner said. “Mr. Rangel should only look into the mirror if he wants to know who to blame.”

Even as Mr. Rangel asked for understanding, he decried what he called the untrue assertions that he was corrupt or a criminal. “I was not trying to criminally hide anything from the IRS or from the Congress,” Mr. Rangel said, adding that his offenses involved sloppy record keeping.

Mr. Rangel has said that he paid about $10,000 for back taxes owed for the five most recent years. While tax law only looks back five years, the panel decided he should pay taxes for the full 17 years he was delinquent.

from:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704104104575622511610792080.html

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Charlie Rangel was born on June 11th, 1930 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_B._Rangel

June 11th

6 + 11 +2+0+1+0 = 20 = his personal year (from June 11th, 2010 to June 10th, 2011) = Conscience.  Resolutions.  Turning point.  Judgement.  Forgiveness.  Atonement.  Repentance.  Penance.  Contrition.  Reparations.  Making amends.  Restitution.  Pardon.  Clemency.  Reprieve.  Confirm.  Approve.  Recommend.  Appeals.  Resolutions.  Final decision.  Final answer.  Court.  Accuse.  Accusations.  Charges.  Plea.  Bail.  Trial.  Deliberations.  Verdict.  Sentencing.  Judges.  Adjudicate.  Preside.  Referee.  Pound.  Gavel.  Confession.  Admission.  Contrite.  Guilt.  Punishment.  Censure.  Castigate.  Chastise.  Reprimand.  Admonish.  Sanctions.  Expulsion. 

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July 30, 2010

A House committee took the “right course” by moving ahead with plans for a public trial of New York Rep. Charles Rangel on ethics charges, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told “Good Morning America” this morning.

“There is a bipartisan committee in the House that’s looking into some very serious charges. We believe that’s the right course, and we’re not going to prejudge the outcome of that trial,” said Gibbs.

The trial sets the stage for an awkward spectacle for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

Rangel, 80, who was formerly chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, stands accused of 13 counts of violating House rules. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“Even though they are serious charges, I’m prepared to prove that the only thing I’ve ever had in my 50 years of public service is service,” Rangel told reporters Thursday night. “That’s what I’ve done and if I’ve been overzealous providing that service, I can’t make an excuse for the serious violations.”

An adjudicatory committee of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats could hear Rangel’s case beginning in September. If the charges are upheld, Rangel could face a humiliating report on his actions, a public reprimand or censure by the House, or expulsion, which is considered unlikely.

Still, the spotlight on Rangel, a 40-year House veteran, could pose a political liability for Democrats and the administration, which have made ethics reform a cornerstone of their leadership in Washington.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously pledged to “drain the swamp” and “make this the most honest, ethical and open congress in history,” when Democrats took control in 2006.

“I feel confident that this party and this president have a record of ethics, ethics reform and taking on the special interests that we’re happy to put in front of the American people in November,” said Gibbs.

Republicans appear poised to make inroads in the House, needing to win back only 39 seats to take a majority, and they have taken aim at the Rangel affair.

“This isn’t about Charlie Rangel. This is about Speaker Pelosi’s most glaring promise that she’s broken,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday.

Rumors of a possible plea deal between Rangel and the committee surfaced late Thursday, but no settlement has been announced. Republicans signaled publicly during a preliminary hearing that the time for negotiating has passed.

“Mr. Rangel was given multiple opportunities to settle this matter. Instead, he chose to move forward to the public trial phase,” said Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama, the senior Republican on the ethics panel.

Republican Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas also suggested Rangel was headed for certain public trial. “Let me be clear that Mr. Rangel was given the opportunity to negotiate a settlement during the investigation phase,” said McCaul yesterday. “But this is the trial phase.”

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/charles-rangel-ethics-trial-moves-forward-robert-gibbs/story?id=11282552

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Charlie Rangel was born on June 11th, 1930 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_wrangle

June 11th

6 + 11 +2+0+1+0 = 20 = his personal year (from June 11th, 2010 to June 10th, 2011) = Conscience.  Resolutions.  Turning point.  Judgement.  Forgiveness.  Atonement.  Repentance.  Penance.  Contrition.  Reparations.  Making amends.  Restitution.  Pardon.  Clemency.  Reprieve.  Appeals.  Resolutions.  Final decision.  Final answer.  Court.  Plea.  Bail.  Trial.  Deliberations.  Verdict.  Sentencing.  Judges.  Adjudicate.  Preside.  Referee.  Pound.  Gavel.  Confession.  Admission. 

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