December 9th, 2008
05:38 PM ET
6 years ago

House Ethics expands Rangel investigation

Rangel is under an ethics investigation
Rangel is under an ethics investigation

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it is expanding its investigation into Rep. Charles Rangel.

In a statement the committee said, “…the investigative subcommittee shall have the additional jurisdiction to determine if Representative Rangel violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct….with respect to contributions of money or pledges of contributions of money to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York from any person or entity associate with Nabors Industries.”

Recent press reports have raised questions into Rangel’s support of a tax break for Nabors Industries, a company which donated money to the City College academic center building bearing his name.

Rangel is already under investigation for using official letterhead to solicit funds for that same building, along with using a rent controlled apartment in New York for his political committee and for failing to pay taxes on a resort home the congressman owns in the Dominican Republic.

A congressional source tells CNN the expanded investigation does not include the matter of Rangel steering $80,000 to his son to design his campaign Web site.

Rangel told reporters Tuesday that in light of the allegations of ethical violations he still does not intend to step down from his chairmanship of a key tax writing committee.


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  1. Ken

    Shock! Surprise! Who would have guessed that this fine gentleman was anything other than completely upstanding and ethical? After all, he has been telling us for years how above board he is. Of course, anyone who had been paying even the slightest bit of attention was appalled when he became the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. With his partners of higher ethics, Harry Reed, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd and the rest of the democrat clowns that sparked our current crisis with the Community Reinvestment Act, we tax payers should not expect this investigation to result in any “change”. Rangel is, after all, a Democrat…

    December 9, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    For all of you saying this man is a crook and should be thrown out: Can you not see this is a Black Congressman?- that makes you all racist!

    December 9, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Say Chowda

    Bush, Bush, Bush, what are you "people" with BDS going to do after January?

    Oh, that's right, explain away every Obama mistake and with the help of Chris Matthews and Olbermann and Couric etc, etc make his "administration work".

    Not REPORT on his bad things, but help make it "work".

    The empty suit was dragged across the finish line and already he is backtracking on MANY proposals and ideas that he said on the trail, we non-bots knew he was lying, but not you geniuses????

    Chucky Rangel, the Governor of Obambi's homestate of Illinois, Cold cash Jefferson, talking about Caroline foe Senate wow, this is shaping up to be a better year than I thought.

    Thank you Democrats, keep up the uh, uh, uh good work.

    December 9, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Griff

    I never! (Now) listen to Larry Kingko... He is so stupid because of Obama's trash.... The Liar of all Liars! A none American, who cheated" Now America dare not search for the Truth.... You?????? America.... Would much rather cover up the truth... Imagine an Alien living in the White-House; because you are so ashamed of your past.... A Black-American...................................As no connection to Barack Obama.... He has no right to live in your Country, unless the Truth be Known....l

    December 9, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Impeach Obama:
    Your such a bitter Idiot.... Go play in traffic!!! Take your Replub friends with you!!
    It's going to be a LONG EIGHT YEARS FOR YOU BITTER MORONS!!

    December 9, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Jess

    CHANGE WE NEED! Yeah right. This is the Democrats version of change – change for the worse is what we are going to get – and Obama has not even gotten into the office yet !

    December 9, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Charliek

    This guy has violated NYC's Rent Control, Misused official letterhead, and avoided income taxes on his Caribbean property. All the while Nancy looked the other way and left him in charge of the House Ways and Means Committee!
    It's about time they started to investigate him. He also made large contributions to several Dems running for Congress in NY. Keep digging! This guy is the definition of dirty.
    Other Dems should be charged with Malfeasance for allowing it!

    December 9, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Mikey

    I am a web developer...let me tell you something. I've never gotten paid $80,000 to develop a website. So for this crook to give his son that much to design a campaign website – that's way over the top.

    RightWingIt.com

    December 9, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Guess corruption is the only thing that is truly bipartisan in Washington.

    December 9, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Chuck in LA

    Yeah, Charlie Rangel, in collaboration with Tony Rezko and William Ayers, and under the supervision of ACORN, are planning a secret military coup to have Blagojevich installed as President of Alabama.

    And it goes without saying that they are funded by the Chinese who are working with Saddam Hussein's ghost.

    December 9, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Daniel from FL

    I'm a proud Democrat, but recent events just go to show you that no one party has a monopoly on corruption. There are enough scandals and ethics violations to go around here. We have Ted Stevens, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and yes, even Sarah Palin on the GOP side, and we have Elliott Spitzer, Charlie Rangel, William Jefferson, Kwame Kilpatrick, and now Gov. Blagojevich on the DEM side. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.

    I'm just glad they are getting exposed so we can purge these bums from out politics and send them where they belong – TO JAIL. I don't care WHAT party they're from!

    December 9, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. Ryan

    They're all a bunch of crooks. I can't believe these idiots keep getting re-elected.

    December 9, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Bobby Burns

    WOW WHY AM I NOT SUPRISED ????????? why do we keep electing these guys??????????? because they have all the money

    December 9, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. gl, Pittsburgh

    Add Sara Palin to the ethical corruption.

    December 9, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    Republicans need not talk. Bush whole Administration was crimially.

    December 9, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    The Democratic culture of corruption begins to smell up D.C. and Illinois. Nancy you better quit draining the swamp…

    December 9, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Renee

    I wish more people would quit identifying themselves with either party. People need to read more and learn more about politicians and vote off of substance instead of party affiliation. I'm also sick of everyone blaming the government on their problems. I wish that folks would start taking some personal responsibility for their actions, if you only make 30,000 – 40,000 a year…………… why would think that you could afford a 200,000 – 300,000 home. Also, I'm so sick of everyone blaming the oil companies for being profitable companies. When the oil companies were not doing well in the early 2000s and laying off employees no one was trying to help them. I'm proud to be an American but I'm so sick of Americans always trying to play the victim, it’s getting so old. I'm 26 years old and I'm so disappointed in the older generation in America, what kind of examples have you set for us other than to live above your means and then play a victim.

    December 9, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. David in West Virginia

    I couldn't help but read the above comments. As a democrat, I must agree that if Congressman Rangel is guilty, the House should oust him and if the Gov. of Illinois is guilty, remove him from office and let the courts take responsible action to remedy the crime. By the same token, fellow republicans, the same should be said of President Bush, V-P Cheney, and other guilty politicans on your side of the aisle. It's shouldn't be democrat vs. republican when crimes have been committed. That's is what has brought our nation down. We don't stand for what's right, it's an us vs. them attitude, and to our nation's detriment.

    December 9, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Perry

    We have term limits. It's called voting. We need to vote responsibly, not just because someone is white/black, Republican/Democrat, etc. WE put these low lifes and WE can vote them out. MLK had it right – it's the 'content of their character.'

    December 9, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. fred

    Seen my comments are always deleted. So here goes. There isn't a Dem or Rep that isn't on the take. There is not one of them worth the power to blow them to hell. Forget the third party, there just as bad.

    December 9, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. The Commish

    The New Day has Dawned and The Spotlight is now Shining on the Dirty Democrats Again

    Run Bugs Run. You can run but You Cant Hide!

    December 9, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. BOB FROM DOWN UNDER

    TO MAKE THIS SHORT.

    I FULLY AGREE WITH ANNIE THE DEMOCRAT . I FEAL SHE UNDERSTANDS FULLY HOW THE DEMOCRAT GEARS HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS IN AND AROUND CHICAGO POLITICS.

    i WILL ADD , HOW COMES THE MEDIA DIDN'T COVER THIS UP . TOO BG !!! WRIGHT ##

    December 9, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    To Impeach Obama...

    First impeach W and Chen ey then we can start talking about the other politicians,, meanwhile, all are forigiven

    December 9, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Independant Vet

    Brian , TO CLEAN THIS ALL UP , YOU WILL HAVE TO START WITH OBAMA. . HE HAS NEVER CLEANED UP ALL THE SCANDALL THAT IS LYING OUT THERE.

    WHERE IS OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE ???

    WHERE DID ALL DONATIONS COME FROM , ? WHAT FOREIGN COUNTRIES. ? MOST EVEN OVER THE LIMITS .

    OBAMA LIES , AN MORE LIES. SAID HE HAD QUITE SMOKING ,
    ANOTHER LIE. UH HUH , FLIP AN FLOP.

    THEN WHAT ABOUT ACORN , ANOTHER MEDIA COVER UP.

    December 9, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. devin

    i wonder if you media types will hold rangel's feet to the fire as you did with the palin non-controversy. i am surprised you libs had the gumption to to actually conduct real journalism and run with this story. imagine a fellow lib in trouble and the clinton news network asking questions; the next thing i'll see is you fawning fools challenging mr. unbelievable (whose done abs. nothing) when his big gov't policies run this country farther into the ground...good luck to you. devin

    December 9, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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