February 26th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
5 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. Monster Zero

    Oh Owwww, baliff whack his peepee, that's some sever punishment being dished out! Now what about the other tax cheating, special interest real estate deals and mountain of other corrupt things Old Charlie Rangle has gotten caught at being involved in? Pelousy can't drain the swamp, it would be self defeating, everyone knows pond scum and single cell organisms must have water to survive....

    February 26, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Conflict of Interest

    If she was doing her job, she would have been out in front calling for his removal.

    February 26, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. D.

    He did not know the rules like she did not know what the CIA was telling her, what a speaker we have....

    February 26, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. southerncousin

    Please CNN, go back and check the remarks that Pelosi and Steny Hoyer made when Tom DeLay was admonished by the Ethics Committee. It will show the public the bald face corruption, lies and just plain sliminess of the liberals.

    February 26, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. TEXAS

    Pelosi is worse than a snake bite! Go home!

    February 26, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Stallion

    I think the article should be titled "Professional Courtesy: One Crook To Another".

    February 26, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. RufusVonDufus

    It would seem that Piglosi and Rangel are the pot and the kettle. Piglosi can't call Rangel black without Rangel proving that she is too! I am sure Rangel knows where all of the Pigs skeletons are buried. Once again the Ethicsless Committee proves that it is indeed ethicsless by not really burying Rangel. Just a couple of ardent supporters of the AKA serving as president.

    February 26, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. ib

    Pat: are you nuts or what??? Rangel needs to be kicked out of congress and if Pelosi continues to support him she should go to. What a pathetic woman Pelosi is.

    February 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. SocialismBad

    Geez, one stupid incompetent supporting another stupid incompetent! Now that's a real shocker!!

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

    Did anybody vote for CHANGE?
    Now you got what you've asked for
    Don't blame anybody else if you did....

    February 26, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Hey Big Spender

    Get rid of both of them! Wait , don't stop there!

    February 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. kpAT

    When is San Francisco going to take off their Birkenstocks, put down their granola bar, wake up and vote this idiot out? Hmmm,... probably when they get taxed into oblivion,... maybe there's hope and change on the horizon after all....

    February 26, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. kpAT

    p.s. I can't wait for November... Maybe I'll pull an "ACORN" and by some additional votes

    February 26, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Tom DeLay was admonished by the Ethics Committee and Pelosi was calling for him to resign (which he did), Rangel was admonished by the same committee and she gives him her full support. I don't understand Nancy.

    February 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Jean

    I am really not sure which of these two is the bigger disgrace – let's just call it even and know thta the citizens of this great country are truly not being served. Rangel ought ot be ousted not supported and Pelosi really needs to reevaluate what her job is as an ELECTED official. Look up political cronyism in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of these two.

    February 26, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. jeff jackson, alabama

    Pelosi would come to the rescue of John
    Dillinger if he were a democrat.
    It's the old story of protecting your party even
    if it hurts America.

    February 26, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. frank

    Both_Pelosi_Rangel . They all Crook and same kind LIE to American . Why We still support Them? Wake up American. Kick them out the house this year. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee

    February 26, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Val in MA

    What double-standard coming from Democrats! Remember in 2004 Nancy was the first one to call for DeLay's resignation exactly for the same charges that Rangel is accused of? What hypocrite this woman is! And how can she look people straight in the eye and defend this corrupt man? Your time is coming to an end, Nancy, so enjoy it while it lasts.

    February 26, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Mitchell from MS

    One corrupt person supporting another no surprise here. The dems will be out of power in Nov. then these thugs will answer to the American people

    February 26, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Can't Wait Til November

    Socialist minds are not troubled by problems with ethics. If Nancy found problems with ethics she wouldn't have insisted on a jumbo size, huge carbon footprint jet airplane (paid for by taxpayers) to carry her back and forth between California and Washington DC every week. With plenty of trips for her family members. If she cared about such things she wouldn't be doing that. But, good socialist that she is, she will exploit the people for her personal gain. Same as all socialists. Same as Charlie Rangel.

    February 26, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. agro21

    When Queen Nancy took over as speaker of the house, she gave a speech. In that speech she claimed that the party was over in that members of the GOP really had screwed things up and acted less than desireable–she was right, they screwed up royally.. With that said, if Nancy wants to look somewhat credible which I know is a stretch, she should demand that old Charlie resign.

    February 26, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 26, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Ron in California

    What a crock. I'm just a simple guy but I know my employers ethics rules. This guy is the chair of a powerful comittee, I just can't believe he is that dumb. If he is he needs to be demoted at the very least. Look we all know this is BS. Frankly, it agian shows the lack of honesty and credibility in Washington. Replace them all.

    February 26, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Pat F

    Unreal. The Speaker of the House supported a censured member AGAINST the decision of the ethics committee.

    Pelosi is the most corrupt Speaker in US history, no contest.

    February 26, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Pat F

    Hey where are the Democrat regulars on this blog: Dominican Mama, If You Want Something, Sniffit?

    You sure are quiet all of a sudden....

    February 26, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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