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Rangel wary as panel prepares ethics charges



Published: Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 1:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Rep. Charles Rangel negotiated a possible last-minute plea bargain today as the veteran New York congressman steeled himself for the disclosure of charges that he violated House rules.

"Sixty years ago I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea and as a result I haven't had a bad day since," Rangel told reporters. "But today I have to reassess that statement."

Eight House lawmakers who will determine the former Ways and Means chairman's guilt or innocence will have their first meeting today. Democrats, fearful about the impact on their re-election prospects, will get their first look at the allegations.

In the frantic hours leading up to the meeting, Rangel's lawyer, Leslie Kiernan, talked to attorneys for the panel about how to avoid a trial for the 40-year veteran. That could only happen if Rangel negotiates a plea bargain, admitting to substantial violations, or resigns.

Punishment could range from a report criticizing his conduct to a reprimand or censure by the House, or a vote to expel him — which is highly unlikely. Any agreement would have to be approved by Rangel and ethics committee members


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1sknirak(120 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Did I read this right?

Punishment could range from a report criticizing his conduct to a reprimand or censure by the House, or a vote to expel him — which is highly unlikely. Any agreement would have to be approved by Rangel and ethics committee members.

With the Congress(sic) we have now, look for him to get the following: A profound apology from the House and Ms Pelosi for having bothered him over this trivial matter; a congratulations from the Dalai Bama; a return to his former committee and nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. It's only fitting, since the Congressman fought in Korea.

Somehow I'm puzzled. Here I thought the American people in his constituency, sought to reward him by sending him to Congress and placing their trust in him.

Did I miss something here?

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

This aint over because you don't tangle with Charley Rangel ! Remember the Clinton impeachment when details of the blue dress surfaced ? The worse that Bill got was a few bad jokes and some chuckles but he stayed in office .

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