I appreciate Representative Rangel and his service but it now time for him to go.
The ethics committee has found that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) violated congressional ethics rules.
The committee ruled that Rangel was guilty on 11 counts. Rangel had been accused of 13 violations. On one, the committee was deadlocked. The committee dismissed another charge, rolling it into one of the others.
The subcommittee that found the violations will now forward the convictions to the full ethics committee. The full committee will then hold another hearing, during which it will vote on whether to recommend a punishment for Rangel. If they do, they will send that recommendation — be it admonishment, censuring, expulsion or otherwise — to the full House for a vote.
The violations stem from four different actions: Rangel used official Congressional resources to raise funds for an educational center in his name; he failed to report taxable income on a rental villa in the Dominican Republic; he filed inaccurate financial disclosure forms; and he used a rent-controlled apartment in Harlem as a campaign office. (more…)
I saw this cartoon and I had to add it.