February 26th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi supports Rangel over ethics charges

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Rep. Charlie Rangel over ethics charges against him.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Rep. Charlie Rangel over ethics charges against him.

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared Friday to defend Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, over ethics charges that led to his admonishment.

"They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules," she told reporters after thanking the ethics committee for its work. "They did not take action against him. They just said he did not willfully break the rules."

Rangel was formally admonished Friday by the House's ethics committee for violating rules on receiving gifts.


Filed under: Charlie Rangel • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. John D

    LIES, LIES, and more LIES! Rangel knew exactly what was going on and he needs to go. This exactly why Politicians think they are above the law. RANGEL MUST GO!

    February 26, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. TCM

    hmm....the psycho supporting the liar...now, there's hope and change...

    February 26, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. HonestMistake

    This is a joke, right?

    February 26, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. AmericanHeretic

    Rangel failed to report taxable income and was assessed more than $10,000 in back income taxes. He received a sweetheart deal from the IRS and was not required to pay interest or penalties on the assessment. While the IRS is allowed to waive penalties if circumstances warrant, it cannot waive interest.

    Proposed bill HR 735 would have required that the IRS give the same sweetheart treatment to us ordinary citizens. However, it never stood a chance of passing. Why should a tax cheat be the person in charge of writing new tax legislation? Is this a bit like making a tax cheat the Secretary of the Treasury? Oh wait! We already did that too.

    February 26, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. zonk3907840

    Let the Lady who got her Own Jet and Booze that WE THE PEOPLE pay for ....Defend another Crook.....Go Figure?

    February 26, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Pat

    Keep him we need his vote and knowledge.

    February 26, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. dale

    Of course she does because she's next. This is what's wrong with politics.
    Lies'cover-ups'game plying and criminal mos-conduct.
    And we allow these people to make laws that only we are expected to follow.

    February 26, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    All I can say is November 2010, Democrats Big Vacation.

    February 26, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. gt

    gee.. thats a surprise....not,,,, no wonder the american people think that this group of politians are the most corrrupt and dishonest we have seen in our life time....and we are to trust her with health care...ugh ,, give me a break,,,

    February 26, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. New Age Independent

    No surprise that Pelosi supports a Democrat breaking ethics rules. Rangel is one of the most corrupt Democrats, yet the Democratic leadership still does nothing. The words corruption and democrat are becoming synonymous.

    February 26, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. GuestWho

    I'm a registered Democrat, but I'm getting pretty weary of Nancy Pelosi. She doesn't seem to stand for anything but the party line (which is NOT always correct, BTW). She and Rangel are what the party – nor Washington – needs.....career politicians who are only out for themselves. Time for both of 'em to go.

    And can we please invoke term limits on both senators and congressmen? It makes no sense that someone can serve in a high political office forever (SCOTUS included), but the president is limited to 2 terms! They should ALL be limited to 2 terms, max.

    February 26, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. dale

    Your state is bankrupt pelosi. And you carry a lot of that responsibility because oh you have deceived your people into believing your liberal bs

    February 26, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. GuestWho

    Ooops, editing my own comment to read:

    "She and Rangel are NOT what the party – nor Washington – needs.....career politicians who are only out for themselves."

    February 26, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. evman

    This is why people hate Pelosi, she's supporting another dirty politician because they are in the same party. This is what turns people off from government. Another loser lines up and takes a swing,... and a miss !

    February 26, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. bcalb

    Is there a Democrat anywhere who does what is best for the country? Pelosi has always been a big mistake as speaker. She is no where near up to the job. As a card carrying democrat, I am embarrassed by the party leadership. One can only hope for the defeat of Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, et al.

    February 26, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Dean

    "They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules," she told reporters..............................They never knowlingly ever know what they are doing. They are worthless.

    February 26, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Lawguy

    I'm not sure that Rangel, as corrupt as he is, needs an endorsement from Pelosi. Makes him look bad.

    February 26, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Rickster

    Take a look at that picture and you'll know why the democrat party is unraveling faster than a speeding bullet. A lying, cheating thief next o a lying, cheating lunatic.

    February 26, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Jeff - Austin, TX

    Charlie Rangel has selected stupidity when it suits him. I'm guessing he's not the only one in Congress who suffers from the same malady. But that said, it's time for members of Congress, regardless of party affiliation, to live by the law of the land as well as being ethical in all facets of their lives. If this is too much, then I demand that you step aside and let others govern. It's no wonder why Congress' ratings are approaching single digits.

    A pox on both of your houses.

    February 26, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Buck Wheat

    Blame it on Bush.......

    February 26, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. tjp

    The "Culture of corruption" is what San Fran Nan called it a few years ago. But wait, she wasn't referring to her party... So many crooks, too little time served in the Fed prisons. They all need to go.

    February 26, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Wade

    Pelosi knows she's next.

    I still find it funny that the ethics committee is an internal body.
    Talk about conflict of interest.

    February 26, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. sl3_007

    TERM LIMITS! Nancy Pelosi is no leader. How do inept, corrupt people like her get elected? Are the people of her district proud of her? Her standards are way too low for me. She stands by sleazy, corrupt, slimeball politicians like Rangel. Is he still on the committee setting tax policy? This gov't is a joke.

    February 26, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Eddie

    And this is supposed to be a surprise? "Dems of a Feather.....Honor among Dem Thieves" etc.......He probably knows too much on her that she is afraid he will squeal when he goes down....what a show, better than any saga I have ever read/seen!

    February 26, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    I'm glad to see Nancy Pelosi standing up again to erase any doubt about her priorities as a public servant. She's a Democrat first and an American second.

    February 26, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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