November 18th, 2010
01:02 PM ET
8 years ago

BREAKING: Censure recommended for Rangel

(CNN) - R. Blake Chisam, the ethics committee's chief counsel, recommended Thursday that Rep. Charlie Rangel be censured by the full House of Representatives.

Filed under: Charlie Rangel
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Tim

    I recomend firing, since the putz in charge of writing tax law is a tax cheat. WTF do you have to do in Washington before you are held responsible.

    November 18, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Jim from Va

    IF Rangel were anybody other than a politician he would have found himself residing in some far away jail contemplating what could have been.

    November 18, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. notsodumb

    Great.... Now I can quite paying my taxes and when I get caught I will get called a bad boy..... The guy should be in jail, he is a crook.

    November 18, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. gpc

    If anyone wonders why we all have such a low opinion of Congress–here is just one case-in-point. Hopefully the Federal Prosecuor will press charges. We really need to vote out incumbents.

    November 18, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Take America Back from the Libs

    Geeeee, what a surprise! All you self-serving Libs remember this day when the "real" hearings begin.

    November 18, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    I like Charlie and what he has done for his community, but he is one of those politicians who have been there so long he thinks he's entitled to do as he wishes. Censure is not enough, he should be out of congress, as should a lot of others, then again when Republicans were in the majority, they didn't even censure people like Tom Delay, they changed the rules (for a while) so what Tom had done was legal...

    ...of course the outrage from the people made them change the rules back, and Delay knew he was defeated (not in an election, but his ways) and finally stepped down. Now he is still facing criminal charges in Texas, where as a white man you can get off on anything (unless you drowned your kids), but as a black man they will give you the chair, or gas chamber, or whatever they use now in Texas, for stealing a twinkie...

    November 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Censure and then refer it to the Justice Dept. for prosecution. The corruption in the DemocRAT Party is rampant. Pelosi claims to "drain the swamp" are a joke. Only when these corrupt clowns start doing hard time will this BS end.

    Did the corrupt DemocRAT with all the cash in the refrig ever get any jail time? Doubt it...

    November 18, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Herb

    Can Rangel stop Bloomberg from increasing the MTA fares ??

    November 18, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    The only thing Sista in a bubble Sara is quailified for is to be a fox media celebrity – which means she's basically dumb as a brick, full of un-Patriotic fear and loathing, looks nice to old white guys, and isn't ashamed of any of the blatantly ignorant and/or hypocritical things she has said or will say.

    Rangel is getting what he deserves as the law allows – his constituents seem to love him, to bad Vitter doesn't get what he deserves no matter how the people of his state apparently love him.

    November 18, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. betterdays

    In the meantime, I'll censure him myself: "You are naughty."

    There... now he can get back to whatever it was he claimed to have been doing for us.

    November 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Romy Monteyro

    Congressman Rangel should not only be censured but severely reprimanded for abusing his privileges as a lawmaker. He seems to believe that because he served in Congress for 50 years he is entitled to some kind of preferential treatment or worse, should be considered above the law.

    I suggest that his colleagues in Congress talk to him to seriously consider resigning his post as an alternative to being punished for his offenses. The guy is 80 years old for goodness sake. What more does he want? A graceful exit like Obama suggested earlier should be the best option for him. After all, whether he resigns or is expelled, he will still receive all the lifetime perks that no one in Congress deserve but is entitled to, according to an existing law they themselves passed overwhelmingly. Talk about being shameless!!

    November 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. terry, va

    Bring on the criminal trial now and throw the bum in jail.

    November 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. not1mr

    You and I, regular taxpayers would go to jail. Rangel, a thief and corrupt politician, will be "censored". WAKE UP, AMERICA. Let's get rid of ALL OF THEM!!! 2012 IS AROUND THE CORNER. ALL INCUMBENTS, OUT OF WASHINGTON. Democrats or Republicans.

    November 18, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    If the GLOVE didn't FIT – you MUST Acquit!!! In this case, the GLOVE FIT!!!

    I don't know too much about Censure! The definition: "By censuring one of its members, Congress formally rebukes that person for wrong doing..." Does this mean they all are going to stand up and tell him what a BAD BOY he has been while it's being televised??

    He still keeps his seat, he does not lose seniority and he gets to have his cake and eat it too!! Oh well, I did not make the rules and really could care less!! That "Rebuking" will tear his behind up and then it's DONE!

    Let's move on and worry about the real state of our country and MOVE IT FORWARD!!

    November 18, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Ben in Texas

    They've gone through due process and found Rangel guilty. He should get what he deserves.

    Now, about George Bush and Dick Cheney...

    November 18, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Gale

    How come if I was to cheat on my income taxes, I would go to jail??? Is it a Democrat thingy?

    November 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Red by Choice

    Q: Do you have to be a tax cheat to be in Democrat leadership?
    A: No, but it helps. It takes a certain moral "flexibility" to be able to continuously steal from one man in order to give to another undeserving man that is sitting on his butt doing nothing. The character flaw that allows one to do this is the same flaw that facilitates not paying one's fair share for living in this country. Rangel has this in spade, as does most of Obama's cabinet. Were any common citizen guilty of this kind of tax fraud, he'd be going to jail. Rangel will in all likelihood continue on in the House.

    November 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Edward Nashville, TN

    This guy clearly is in the wrong but wants to claim he is being mistreated when they call him on it. He should be expelled

    November 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |