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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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. harry

    Say, Republican operative at work!

    December 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. bob

    Next should be Bush and cheney!

    December 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. bkrane/pgh

    seems fair to me as he is continually re-elected

    December 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. libbssuck1

    Get rid of this crook!

    December 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Nick

    When are we to investigate Sarah Palin on what she did in alaska?

    December 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. DOCS 3

    HE IS ANOTHER ONE FROM THOSE 20TH CENTURY THROW BACKS.
    IT SEEMS THAT POLITICIANS FROM THAT OLD SCHOOL THAT BEEN AROUND THINK THAT THEY CAN DO AND SAY ANYTHING. MAYBE THAT WHY A LOT OF THEM ARE DURING TIME ON THE PEOPLE DIMES INSTEAD OF SPENDING THE PEOPLE DIMES. IF HE IS GUILTY
    THEN LET US SPEND THE DIMES. HE WILL JUST BE ANOTHER IN WHAT SHOULD BE A LONG LINE THAT INCLUDES THE MAN CURRENTLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    December 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. ken

    Sarah Palin was running free around the country while she had committed so much unethical stuff in Alaska. When are the republicans(bush,cheney,sarah palin,gonzelaz) going to be responsible of their stuff?

    December 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Ben

    They must bring them down to make the senate nonfillibuster proof...Poor Obama!

    December 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Jeff Fisher

    Charlie shoud resign... NOW!

    December 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. sick n tired

    All crooked politicians should be weeded out and exposed no matter what party they belong to Dem,GOP, or Ind. Our government is long overdue for an enema! And its up to WE THE PEOPLE to see to it!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. carl

    What's so stupid is that we all get screwed by these bums but Dems think that only Reps will get bent over and they, the holier-than-thou, self righteous, messianic Democrats will be spared. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!!!!! Where are the adults??

    December 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. sunshine

    a bunch of shady people, cheney, rangel, governor of illinois, governor of alaska, president bush, etc.,etc.,etc.!!!! what's happened to america??

    December 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Joe

    Rangel is one of many that is corrupt. I just don't understand why people continue to vote for people like Rangel.

    December 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Larry

    I am sure when these corrupt politicians are elected,their voters, believe what they are being told during the campaign ,and want to believe that this is a good man they are voting for.If you are someone that has voted for the crooks,you should feel your faith in that person was betrayed,you don't need to go in to denial,you should just deal with the fact you screwed up and misjudged the person,it's not your fault.

    December 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Seth

    What an awesome day to be Republican!! I HAVE ONE QUESTION, WHEN ARE CHRIS DODD AND BARNEY FRANK GOING DOWN?!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Nannie Bouroughs

    Rangel is without shame!

    December 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Beckster

    Get rid of the coon. He is a joke.

    WHO IS JOHN GALT?

    December 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Jason L. Hubsch

    How come there is no mention of this person's political affiliation in the piece, but when Ted Stevens was on CNN, they actually introduced him by his party, as "Alaskan Republican Ted Stevens"?

    Hopefully this is merely a sign that CNN is dropping ALL party affiliations and instead will merely report unbiased news without having to affiliate party with a person. In the end, these politicians' parties do not matter, their actions as Americans do.

    December 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. redbarchetta88

    From all I've read it was only Republicans who were "corrupt" and "should be thrown in jail", and Democrats were "clean" and "a symbol of change". I still love how some liberals still want to blame Bush for the crimes of William Jefferson (D-LA), Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY).

    December 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Charlie's going down.....

    and rightfully so. He's dirty.

    December 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Dennis

    My dad always said if you fill a barrel with politicians and roll it down hill there will be an idiot (well, he didn't use the word "idiot") on top at all times. Once again we're seeing the old addage come true with the Democrats in power–"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely".

    December 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Dianne

    I think their will be more investigations because the republicans are upset about losing power. Why doesn' the right wing investigare Bush and Cheney and others

    December 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Greg Hodges

    As a Canadian; it must be very disheartening to the citizens of the U.S. to wake up on an almost daily basis to discover yet another politician lining his/her pockets at the expense of those who put them in office. I hope that Barack Obama`s election marks a turning point for ALL the politicians (irregardless of party or ideology) to wake up and realize what they are doing TO their country; rather than FOR it. This sleaze must end; or America will never get it`s house in order!!

    December 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. john from sandiego

    one dumbo after another dumbocrat...who do they think they are, republicans???Nancy-YOU do not know what ethics are about..

    December 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Ridgeway

    Ah, heh, heh, heh... er? Ha, ha, ha... I get it. The next governor of Illinois. Charles Rangel. Oh, yeah that Bush is terrible. Well, now Jefferson will have somebody to carpool with to prison.

    December 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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