August 12th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
8 years ago

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. GI Joe

    The man is an embarrassment ! To himself, the Congress, and to humans in general. Can't someone shut his mouth? Can't he just slither away and take all his corrupt money with him?

    We have enough real problems in this country without him being all over the news 24/7.

    August 12, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. gt

    rangel and waters have to shame or guilt... they have suck tax payers money ... they shake down corp. america... no wonder the house has a 10% approval rating .. the 10% must be there family and staff...

    August 12, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    This guy has lied so much, it's quite possible that he believes himself.

    PERP WALK!!!

    August 12, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Rush Goebbels

    You tell them Charlie.This country must prove you guilty before they hang you on Faux news and the 24/7 AM rightwing radio.

    August 12, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Paul

    blah blah blah...give it up Charlie, you arrogant nobody. I am a democrat and you are hurting the party. GO AWAY!

    August 12, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Mason

    Rangel is the gift that keeps on giving. He may surpass Biden.

    August 12, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. mike

    I find this interesting to say the lease that weather Charlie Rangel is guilt
    or not the media has already found him guilt just look at the Governor Rob Blagojevich hearing the jury is dead lock on this man that has been look at by most americans as guilty and now when it is all said and done he may have not been guilty of anything and do you think that everyone that has made fun of him will have the nerve to say they are sorry for destroying his life and do something about it that would not be american would it so who are the real cowards in this country

    August 12, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Shame on the Republicans

    I you really found financial wrong doing by Congressman Rangel put out in the open. There is no reason to drag the issue and try to make it a political issue prior to the November elections. Republicans are determined to win the election by any means and do not care who they take down doing that. This is shame and a mockery of our political system and Mr. Rangel does not deserve to be pushed around and made a political scapegoat. If Republicans prove he is guilty lets get it done a go on on running the country. The ethics committee should move quickly and resolve the issue. This is becoming a media circus and the public just absorbs it and without understanding the issue will make a decision based on media speculations. Mr. Rangel good for you to stay and fight. Whether they find you guilty or innocent you have the right to fight and do not get pushed by anyone to resign.

    August 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. yanni

    It's hard to believe that anyone could do anything that would negatively affect the credibility of Congress. It has no credibility with the public.

    August 12, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Robert J

    Lets see here. Mr rangle is a Democrat. Not perfect I am sure . No a saint by any means I would gues. But we need to crucify him on supposed and yet unproven "ethics" charges. mebawhile (back at the "ranch" ) Thousand sof lives have been lost in a phony / worthless war that while being promoted by the POTUS has mystryiously lost several BILLION dollars? This however has not been investigated, resolved, and probably never will be. This is of course also on top of proven / admitted torture, crime against humanity, doubleing the national debt, pandering to the rich, abandoning the poor, and raping the constitution of our country. So I asksimply. Should we investigate Charles Rangle? And if so,,, why not Bush / Cheney/ Rice/ Rummy / Gonzolaes and company even more vigorously! Hmmmm?

    August 12, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Rangel continues to fight allegations of wrongdoing"

    I love the subtext of that headline...that fighting accusations of wrongdoing somehow makes someone even more of a wrongdoer. he not supposed to? I mean, since when are accusations/charges self-proving? Oh wait...I forgot we live in America, where the accusation equals the conviction thanks to the "news" media. Anyone looking at it objectively has to admit it doesn't look good for Rangle, but he still hasn't been convicted of anything, and it's patently absurd to take the position that he's supposed to just lift his coattails and bend over. Of course, patent absurdity never stopped the media from trying to uncritically sensationalize even the tiniest hint of controversy.

    August 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. G

    He's a crook and should be in jail....but then so should Maxine Waters (diverting funds to husband's bank), Chris Dodd (mortgage bribe), Tim Gietner (not paying taxes) and even Barney Frank (Fannie Mae conflict of interest).....the Dems seem even more corrupt than the Republicans, who is an independent voter supposed to vote for?

    August 12, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Jonah

    Maybe Rangel could rewrite the tax code for himself since rules are beneath him.

    August 12, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Let's see ALL of Congress get audits by the IRS + private investigators to see how many "gifts" they received from Big Oil and other big $$$ lobbyists. Or better yet why don't CEO's leave the private sector to work for the govt so they can dictate policies that directly benefit their companies like Dick Cheney did. You Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites and you know it. Fact check: Rangel had no conflicts of interest unlike Ney (jail) , Cunnigham (still in jail) and Cheney (whom should be in jail).

    August 12, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. mj

    Why would he fight this? The man is 80 years old and probably has more foreign bank accounts than Maddoff. Pay up and shut up.

    August 12, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. SW in Gig Harbor, WA

    Way to go amazing career of disservice to our country.

    I'm not sure what's more shocking, the arrogance of this crook or the number of losers in New York that continually voted this knucklehead into office.

    August 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. jeff jackson, alabama

    And on CNN this morning you showed him laughing
    and dancing at his birthday party, trying to project this
    great guy image.
    When a Republican screws up you somehow find the most
    unflattering picture of them and try to project a much different

    August 12, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. not1mr

    A crook, thief, blabber mouth, arrogant nobody!!! Prosecute him and put him in jail for the next 99 years. Let him be an example for all the ones that are even thinking of doing the same.

    August 12, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Democratic Scandals

    It is astonishing that the Democratic party has yet to toss Rangel out of Congress – utterly astonishing. It seems the more one lies, cheats on his taxes, acts arrogant, or plays the race card, he is automatically crowned a hero in the Democratic Party. Wher are the ethical leaders in Congress? Have they all sold their souls and conscience for votes and money. The old adage is alive and well in Democratic circles – "Absolue power corrupts qabsolutely.

    Mr Rangel is a disgrace to this country.

    August 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Independent

    Charlie must be using Geithner's Turbo Tax software to file his taxes. Despite the public disclosure that Rangel has been hiding assets and income, Las Vegas has set the odds at 10 billion to 1 that Rangel gets audited by the IRS .......who oversees the IRS anyway ...oh, that;'s right, it is Secretary Geithner, the tax cheat convenient for the Democrats to have a cheat in charge

    August 12, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. jim

    Charlie Rangel is a crook ,pure and simple.!!!

    August 12, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. MDM


    Ethics Committee,controlled by Pelosi, has been investigating these allegations for TWO YEARS. Ethics committee is the ones that brought charges (let me point again controlled by Democrats).

    Allegations by some on this board that this is all some "Massive Right Wing conspiracy" is ludicrous – Pelosi has had four years to "drain the swamp" and has delayed action against Rangel for the last two years...

    Sometimes you get what you deserve...

    August 12, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Separate rules for Democrats and blacks

    It seems that democrats and blacks are treated differently when they get caught doing bad things. I would remind folks that it is not racist or politically incorrect to toss an unethical scoundrel out of Congress, even if he happens to be black

    August 12, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. SeRangel outrage missing

    Anyone notice that there is no outrage on the part of Democrats in the House on the rangel scandal - total silence. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid met and decided to see if they can just ride this out without doing anything. Hummmmm I wonder what Rangel has on Pelosi?

    August 12, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Jeff from Va

    Some people don't think before they speak, this is the Congressman who was "Chairman" of the committe that handles our taxes, and you can't handle his own. Please stop looking at this as a Democrat or Republican problem, it is a "Washington" problem, and there needs to be major changes made.

    August 12, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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