The House Ethics Committee sub-panel has found Democrat Charlie Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 charges of ethics violations levied against him.
The panel of four Democrats and four Republicans will submit its findings to the full ethics committee.
The committee will schedule a public hearing to determine the appropriate sanctions, with a possibility of recommending to expel Rangel.
The subpanel’s decision comes after a two-year long investigation into charges against Rangel that relate to his personal finances and his fundraising efforts for a new center at New York City College. The trial marked a rare event: In the two decades since the House’s ethics procedures were adopted, only former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio) faced a similar trial. He was expelled from Congress after being convicted of 10 felony counts.
The hearing to consider the charges against Rangel began yesterday, but Rangel walked out of the proceedings in protest because he has been unable to acquire legal representation.
“I truly believe I am not being treated fairly,” Rangel said. WAAAAAA!
Guess what he is complaining about?! Due Process! Just hours after he famously said,
“Law-abiding citizens just shouldn’t have to carry a gun. You’re not gonna push me in that direction,”.
Rangel was standing five feet from an armed Capitol Police officer, there to protect him with a gun.
When the reporter pointed that out, Rangel’s response was:
“Well that’s a little different. I think we deserve–I think we need to be protected down here.”
Rangel doe not care about due process, the Constitution, or rules in the first place. THAT is why he is in this mess!
But he will be the first to tell you that his 40 years of leeching off the American taxpayer is more than enough reason for him to disobey the rules!
“I can only hope that the full Committee will treat me more fairly, and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanctions.“, Rangel said!
Rangel is a moron!
Rangel asked the proceedings be delayed so he can find legal council. His defense team quit just weeks before the hearing. He could no longer afford them. However, the panel had little sympathy for the 80-year old congressman, and dismissed his request. He then walked out, and the meeting went on without him.