July 23rd, 2010
01:46 PM ET
8 years ago

Rangel will 'be glad to see what happens'

Democrat Charlie Rangel said Friday that he will 'be glad to see what happens' at an upcoming ethics investigation hearing.

Democrat Charlie Rangel said Friday that he will 'be glad to see what happens' at an upcoming ethics investigation hearing.

(CNN) - Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, said Friday that he is taking the congressional ethics investigation "one step at a time."

"I'll be glad to see what happens Thursday" when the House Ethics subcommittee responsible for conducting formal hearings has its first organizational meeting, he said. "This thing is coming to a head."

Rangel added, however, that "nobody in his right mind (would be) looking forward to something like this."

The congressman said he wants "people to know who Charlie Rangel was, is, and is proud to be" before his upcoming September 14 primary election.

People should know "how awkward it has been for me to constantly" tell them to wait until the ethics investigation is over before he can comment, Rangel said.

It is tough not to respond to the "mean" things said about me, Rangel said.

"I won't let you down," he promised his constituents.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. JES

    One to many times in the cookie jar.

    July 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Bob in PA

    Now that he has had a year and a half to cover his tracks, sure bring it on... What a farse. Nancy Pelosi and the House Ethics subcommittee should be ashamed of themselves. It's time for a real change in D.C. Novemeber can't get here soon enough.

    July 23, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    "nobody in his right mind (would be) looking forward to something like this."
    Let me add that no one in their right mind would take action that would draw the attention of the Ethics Committee in the first place!

    July 23, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. thor

    The thing about poiticians is they think laws are meant for everyone else.This person is a crook and needs to be dealt with as such !!!!

    July 23, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Cosmo

    Best argument for term limits on two legs.

    July 23, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. all the news that's fit to omit

    This jerk deserves to be in a cell now, start the proceedings right before the elections and get him out of office in disgrace and then jail time will soon follow.

    This has gone on for too long as the losers pension and wealth has grown.

    Time for him to go, but let's make him and the party look bad first.

    See you in November...................

    July 23, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. gt

    we all like charlie.... but he is a crook...

    July 23, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Big George in Big D

    If that greaser were a republican, he'd already be 6 ft. under!

    July 23, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Here's an example of where progressives differ with Repugnants. Progressives want a complete investigation of Rangel or anyone else, regardless of party, who faces credible charges of ethics violations. Repugnants, on the other hand, have a knee jerk reaction to ethics charges. If a Democrat is charged, (s)he is automatically guilty. If a Repugnant is charged, it's an unwarranted attack.

    The proof that this analysis is correct is the total lack of interest on the right to charging Bush/Beelzebub and others from that regime with the crimes they have apparently committed, including torture and the outing of a CIA agent. If the right wing really wanted honest, constitutional government, they would be howling for charges to be brought against Bush and his cronies.

    July 23, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Dave

    You have to be very skeptical about someone that would talk like this. Like he already knows he can beat the charges.

    July 23, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    Hey Charlie,

    Shame on you for insulting Luke Russert when he asked you a simple question. Learn to show some respect!

    Don't be surprised if the ghost of Tim Russert pays you a visit!

    July 23, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Give it up, Charlie, for the good of the Party. It's the right thing to do.

    July 23, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    As a democrat, I dont like this guy. He is too shady; just look at the way he dresses! Corruption has no boundries. It is a diseases that infects anyone and has no party affiliation. BUT Republicans have the most infected people.

    July 23, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    Why are they singling out Rangel? He has done nothing that is not considered business as usual in Washington.
    Why not check every politican in Washington and make public all of the corruption found and name names?

    July 23, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Mike Mazzla

    I am the most Lib Dem out there but this guy has got to go. 20 terms in the same job is ridiculous and any good that he has done, and there has been is being overshadowed by all this ethics nonsense. No one party has a monopoly on politicians who have over stayed their welcome and Rangel is one of the Dems.

    July 23, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Just another "entitled" politician.

    July 23, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!

    Rangel has no ethnics.

    July 23, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    At least Democratic crooks did so much for their communities, ask the New York-ans about Charlie, they'd give their right arms for him...

    ...while Republicans just screw everyone........

    July 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Doc

    If they find violations the Republicans will crow about Democrats being corrupt. If they don't the Republicans will crow about Democrats being corrupt. Hopefully the truth will out and Rangel will take responsibility for whatever, if anything, that he did wrong. However, the standard is still innocent until proven guilty. Something they should have known before the Sherrod fiasco.

    July 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Get rid of him. He's no better than Ensign and Vitter, and if they got kicked out by the republicans, then the dems should kick out .......

    Oh wait - never mind.

    July 23, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Jane

    This guy is an immoral idiot. If he gets reelected the people in NY need their heads examined.

    July 23, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. snow

    rangel has not denied any of the accusations and is probably guilty of them plus many other crimes. I hope when the Republicans take control of the congress they do what the demorats are afraid of and that is do ethical investigations on a large number of demorats pelosi has covered up for since she became the speaker.

    July 23, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    I think Congressman Rangel should keep a "stiff upper lip" as he packs his bags to move home for he is innocent until this hearing takes place and his guilt is established.

    July 23, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    And we'll be happy once you're in a nice supermax, Charlie.

    July 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. carrie

    Charlie , have a feeling we all know what is about to happen and you mught not be glad about it!

    July 23, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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