August 12th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
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Rangel continues to fight allegations of wrongdoing

Rangel continues to fight allegations of wrongdoing.

Rangel continues to fight allegations of wrongdoing.

(CNN) - New York Democrat Charlie Rangel, under fire for alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress, defiantly declared Thursday that nothing "will stop me from clearing my name from these vile and vicious charges."

Among other things, Rangel has been accused of using his influence to solicit donations for a college policy center bearing his name from corporate heads and others with business before the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

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  1. diridi

    just get rid of this old junk, and pass Senate and Congress Term limits...period....just because of senator, or congress man, they should not lie, or embezzle...It is the time for passing Term limits for senate and that we can clean this junk....

    August 12, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. MatthewDetroit

    There should be a ZERO tolerance for any of these criminals.
    It should not matter whether they are republicans, democrats, or independents.
    They are all criminals. They all take money. They all make money in office and out.
    They should be out of office immediately or suspended during the investigation.

    August 12, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. doug

    IF someone has ethics to begin with then they aren't a Democrat in the first place.

    August 12, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    Many of the Democrats on this thread choose to complain and blame Republicans...

    The Fact is this is a Democratic Congress...and YOUR own president waste case has called for Rangel to step down.

    The Funny fact is that convicted or not....the People of his congressional district would vote him right back in. They loved themselves some Marion Barry. They dont mind crooks in congress.

    August 12, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. MatthewDetroit

    Sniffit....stands and defends Rangel...truly amazing. He would clearly nail a republican doing the same thing.


    August 12, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Ethics are for pedestrians and other common citizens. He has earned the right to that wonderful influence ( oh, that and the fact that he gets to determine how the rest of us pay taxes ). Why can a man not enjoy the influence he earned to endow great praise for himself with his name on a college policy center in perpetuity? We're talkin' marble floors, baby!

    August 12, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    EGO that's all he fighting for. Come on Charlie say GUILTY!

    August 12, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. JR

    I firmly believe that the US Congress is the last place in our country that a member would complain about unfairness.
    If some people doubt about fairness of the Congress in treatment of its member, I think the Congress should clear this matter first before going forward with Rangel situation.
    Allegations of unfairness in the US Congress is far a more serious issue than allegations against Mr. Rangel.

    August 12, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    Ms Pelosi, in fact everyone in Congress, should take it upon themselves to out Mr. Rangel. Now.

    Rangel is clearly showing his sense of entitlement, of special privilege, and sense of all-for-me-an attitude that explains many of his past "successes" as well as failures as a person.

    To the Democratic Party: This is not Obama's doing. Couple Rangle/Waters' behaviors with the spineless, over-the-top shakiness of Sen Reid, and it is no wonder the Party has come to be portrayed as ineffectual at best, and corrupt by too many. Things are no better on the Republican side, but WE said we would drain the swamp. What are we waiting for???

    August 12, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There's a bigger fish to fry than Rangel and it's not a Democrat. A lot of politicians, namely Republicans, will be exposed. Stay tuned.

    August 12, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. OptimistPete

    How could 4 rent controlled apartments in NYC be an oversight. Residential use, not campaign hdqtrs, Charlie!! The arrogance behind the smile is astonishing. "But they all do it" is the usual excuse why the swamp never gets drained. In NJ, indictment was the only terms limits. Shame on us, the voters. We get what we vote for-over and over.

    August 12, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Fight Fight Fight to clear your name New York Democrat Charlie Rangel from those alleged financial wrongdoing and vile and vicious charges."

    August 12, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    4 words: Craig, Ensign, Vitter, Sanford

    How about those family value conservatives.

    August 12, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. C Spurgeon

    Get rid of the bgum and make him pay the taxes.

    August 12, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Steve

    I have voted democrat my entire life but it is because of Rangel and Maxine Waters who are corrupt, liars, thieves, and rasicts, that I will never vote democrat again. To think that my tax dollars were going to buy his villa in the Dominican Republic makes me sick, or to think that my tax dollars went to put money in Maxine Waters pockets because she was going to lose it on bad investments makes me more sick.

    August 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Rush is a giant birthbag.

    You tell them Charlie.Lets see when the swat team is sent to Rushs radio station for engaging in treasonous acts of terrorism.

    August 12, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Gary Jaussaud

    Gary's comment is:

    Charlie Rangel has been in public service his whole life, and at his
    age and time and place in government he should be afforded the
    respect of being thought innocent until proven other wise. We the
    people expect the Republican Party to beat him to death before he has
    his day in court, that is a given, however the Dems. are acting like some of the lower forms of life that "Eat Their Young" All these things
    do is make us in Mainstreem America hate government even more.

    August 12, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Dean

    With his (lack of) ethics, he should be the dictator of some third-world country in Africa.

    August 12, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Gee

    people, People, PEOPLE!!! In case you haven't noticed Charlie Rangel is Afro-American; therefore the rules shouldn't apply to him. All of you with negative comments please backup slowly and softly walk away.

    August 12, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Deb/Alabama

    I personally believe that he is too old to be a congressman and as I have said before, they need to put term limits on those positions. I will wait and see what the investigation shows before I pass judgment.

    August 12, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Repubs are not to be mourned or missed.

    Just go away you crook. Take Maxine with you.

    August 12, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    By the way – where are the hearings and trials for Ensign, Vitter, et al??

    Why are they taking so long? Waiting for the presidential election year to hit the republicans?

    It's all politics – the republicans are dragging their feet to make Rangel and Waters go until just before mid-terms - guess it's fair for the democrats to drag their feet on the republicans until year after next.

    August 12, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. fiscal responsibility

    He's no different from Pelosi, Boxer, Reid, Obama, Waters, Frank, Dodd,.... He cares more for his job and party than he does for the people of the USA.

    August 12, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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