September 24th, 2008
04:41 PM ET
13 years ago

House committee to investigate Rangel

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House ethics committee voted Wednesday to investigate the conduct of Rep. Charles Rangel, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The New York Democrat has admitted to failing to pay taxes on a rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic but said it was an honest mistake.

He is also accused of improperly using a rent-controlled New York apartment as an office and of using his position as a congressman to benefit a New York educational center that bears his name.

Rangel has denied intentional wrongdoing, and has said he will not step down from his committee chairmanship.

The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct will set up an investigative subcommittee to look into the allegations and "determine whether Rep. Rangel violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct" as a congressman, it said.

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. NOSS


    this debate was slated to be on foreign policy and national security
    last debate is on economics

    Political Action Committees are prevalent in many large organizations .At times people are encouraged to donate to particular parties or candidates. These directions can be subtle or overt depending upon the culture of the organization. It would be fair to say, there is an unhealthy mix in most places.

    September 24, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Thief Rangel

    Charlie Rangel is the most flagrant thief and tax evader of our time. What's to investigate? Throw the man in prison and let him rot there.

    September 24, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. READY99


    September 24, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. vobichlan, montreal

    The democrats are hurting themselves keeping this man in his position as long as it has been. This isn't the first time Mr. Rangel found himself in hot water. Time to ask him to step down. We need clean government!!

    September 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Voter

    I think this is all the product of a slow day at the New York Times. Don't these lawmakers have anything better to do?

    No one works harder for Americans than Charlie Rangel.

    September 24, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. SteveJJ

    It's going to be interesting to see who gets a piece of Rangel's butt first, the Feds or the Ethics Committee. You know the IRS is all up in Rangel right now and if there is intent and motive, he is going to jail. New York you better start looking for a replacement. Rangel is a goner. Say hello to Bubba Charlie and remember, don't drop the soap.

    September 24, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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