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. richard

    history will repeat itself....... this reminds me of the case where [them] folks didn't rest , until they got to "adam clayton powell" this system will gear you for failure if your not one of them..... "there is nothing new under the sun."

    February 26, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. File under "Sarcasm"

    They got to stick together. If Pelosi didn't defend Rangel, how could she justify her own little mistakes feeding at the public trough.

    February 26, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Confucuis

    If Rangel has transgressed in the ETHICS dept. and guilty of lush resort excursions courtesy of corporations, then let him be punished. But who will cast the first stone? Those benevolent paragons of virtue, Repub members of Congress?? Just last month in their infinite wisdom, the Conservative robed members of the supreme court voted to allow corporations to flood $$ on our most deserving of public servants, via the political marketplace. This ruling was sanctioned under the guise of 'freedom of speech'. My, just when one was gaining faith in our political system.

    February 26, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. File under "Sarcasm"

    Doesn't his picture look like to belongs on a Post Office wall?

    February 26, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    Ms. Pelosi, do you by any chance live in the real world? Mr. Rangel trying to claim he can't be held responsible if his aides didn't tell him there were gifts involved is solid proof with what's wrong in Congress. No one is willing to take responsibility for their screw-ups.

    If this were the only problem he had, one could POSSIBLY argue, "Yeah, well, maybe he ain't so bad." But, given his other ethical lapses that's not even realistic.

    Charley, the buck stops with you, my man, whether you like it or not. Republican or Democrat, you gotta dispise the way Congress has evolved into a morally corrupt bunch of bums.

    February 26, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    Another example of the corrupt culture in Washington.

    February 26, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Mark

    Nobody ever said pelosi was smart. But she is smart enough to know that if she does something to Rangel she will be called a racist.

    Rangel should be in jail for his tax issues. He should get no retirement funds from the taxpayers either!

    February 26, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Danny J

    Hypocrite!

    February 26, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Rangel and Pelosi: two peas in a crooked pod.

    February 26, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Alan

    Wow this is a total shock to me. You mean that one crooked Democrat is supporting another. I am is shock. Now I would expect this out of the Republicans but not the Dems.

    Come on! Are trying our best to lose this Nov or what?!?!

    February 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    Nancy Pelosi is an insult to the intelligence of every thinking American.

    Charlie Rangel is a crook.

    'Nuff said.

    February 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Kat

    They both need to be fired.

    February 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. terry,va.

    They are both Liars and crooks. Pelosi keeps lying about the CIA and stealing from the American people and Rangel, well he just steals and lies about stealing.

    February 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. joe

    It ok, he is a democrat. Different standards. I believe his best friend in the Congress was Jefferson, who is now in jail

    February 26, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Debby

    They look like the gruesome twosome. YUK.

    February 26, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    Wasn't Hillary that called the Republicans the culture of coruption? Well that's calling the kettle Black for sure. What a joke, Pelosi supporting Rangel, one lying and the other swearing to it! But Democrats have alway had a problem with accepting gifts and then saying, opps I didn't know it was a gift! I was taught that ignorance was no excuse to break the law, these Democrates don't have a clue was laws are, they think laws are for others not themselves.

    February 26, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Leon

    Coakleyd: A politician in a "safe" seat with lots of support from bigwig party members, or just historically safe, gets beat by an unknown in the last weeks of the campaign. i.e. Due to her extreme arrogance the first female Speaker of the House was Coakleyd in 2010.

    February 26, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. catman

    He should be in Sing Sing!!!

    February 26, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. duckunder

    I'm for voting out all incumbents! Republicans aren't any better, look what happened when they ran the government-Two congressmen in prison, Delay resigned to stay out of prison, One congressmen resigned because he liked to get drunk and hussel male pages. They ALL need to go.

    February 26, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Brad S

    Incumbents take notice – you are the faces that voting Americans recognize as being at the center of nation's journey into third world status. November 2010, November 2012 – Your time is coming!

    February 26, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. DanSJ

    They are both what is wrong with American politics, and this exemplifies that.

    February 26, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. DanSJ

    What do you expect from the Speaker of the House who chose to admonish a Wilson even though no policy was broken, yet refused to admonish Grayson, who continually flips the bird to policy on the House floor? It is pure hypocrisy, and she is ruling like a dictator. Last time someone took this "let them eat cake" attitude, they were beheaded.

    February 26, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. NancyLV

    This picture of these two look like Bonnie and Clyde.

    February 26, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Steve (the real one)

    I remember her speech when she 1st became speaker. She claimed claimed how business would change and how she would oversee the most ethical and transparent Congress in history. Hey, Nancy, we are still waiting!! To back Rangel after all this is shameful and goes against the speech YOU gave in 2006!

    Sadly Pelosi (she may not be speaker much longer) and Rangel will both get re-elected!

    February 26, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Bill

    Birds of a feather...don't worry, he will skate. Good thing it wasn't a Republican...the tar and feathers would already be waiting along with the rail. They are both as crooked as the day is long!

    February 26, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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