December 9th, 2008
05:38 PM ET
13 years ago

House Ethics expands Rangel investigation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rangel is under an ethics investigation "]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it is expanding its investigation into Rep. Charles Rangel.

In a statement the committee said, “…the investigative subcommittee shall have the additional jurisdiction to determine if Representative Rangel violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct….with respect to contributions of money or pledges of contributions of money to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York from any person or entity associate with Nabors Industries.”

Recent press reports have raised questions into Rangel’s support of a tax break for Nabors Industries, a company which donated money to the City College academic center building bearing his name.

Rangel is already under investigation for using official letterhead to solicit funds for that same building, along with using a rent controlled apartment in New York for his political committee and for failing to pay taxes on a resort home the congressman owns in the Dominican Republic.

A congressional source tells CNN the expanded investigation does not include the matter of Rangel steering $80,000 to his son to design his campaign Web site.

Rangel told reporters Tuesday that in light of the allegations of ethical violations he still does not intend to step down from his chairmanship of a key tax writing committee.

Filed under: Charlie Rangel
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Concerned Democrat


    We are surrounded by dishonest politicians who just keep BUYING their way into office.

    Come 2010 we should get rid of every politician in office and start all over.......after all what do we have to lose.

    December 9, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. mark

    Rangel – Chicago – Rod Blagojevich – Obama – Sezko – Corruption – Lies….it is the Audacity of Hoax

    December 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Milhouse van Houten

    That's one for you,80,000.for me.Seems fair.........

    December 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. New Yorker

    Come on CNN, you don't want to mislead your bloggers into thinking Rengel is a Republican. Your article should read Democratic Representative Charles Rengel. Another one biting the dust!

    December 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. ohiojimmy

    i am a democrat who thinks that if he is found guilty than TOSS HIM OUT !!!! do not fall into the same trap of arrogance that the gop did,,I am so tired of elected officials getting caught with their hand out then keeping their seat,,,,NO MORE !!!!

    December 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Independent Voice

    Pelosi and Dem. House Leadership: " Oh crap, the news is out on Charlie. Let's all jump in and throw him under the bus so all of our own cronyism and corruption isn't exposed and we taint our golden boy President-reject's polticially fabricated good name."

    December 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. BB

    Why do people keep electing these sleezy people? If we were that crooked, we'd be in jail.

    December 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Franky

    God, I hate New York politicians...they do remind me of their teams that's for sure, LOL!

    December 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Scott Tucson

    WOW! I am seeing change already! Looks like someone is trying to clean out all the crooked democrats before Obama gets into office. Who's next...Barney Frank, Pelosi, Reed, Dodd?

    December 9, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. nom deplume

    Looks like the Committee will be ordering a bigger rug . . .

    December 9, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Nick

    Good. This guy is one of the worse politicians there is. Will do anything for anybody, as long as they can help him out generously.

    December 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Baze

    This guy's ugly face makes me sick. They need to throw him and that Ill. governor, and all these corrupt disgusting political POS underneath the jail!

    December 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. No Incumbents 2010

    "House Ethics" Can you say oxymoron?

    December 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Griff

    Transport CNN... When the price of goods change..... Gas prices is just another illusion

    December 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Mike

    Just so there is no confusion, Rangel is a Democrat. It is interesting that some people mistakenly thought Illinois Governor Blagojevich was a Republican. Corruption knows no political party.

    December 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Mike H.

    Rangel should step down from his position as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. This is one of the most important committees in the House and a man under an ethics investigation should not be calling the shots.

    December 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Jackie in Dallas

    You know, if I were a betting person, I'd be willing to bet that there will be a lot more ethics investigations in the near future. I think that the American people spoke pretty loudly on November 4th, and that there are some people in the House and Senate who should do some serious soul-searching about their motives and activities. Because I think the American people have hit a critical point in tolerance for this kind of crap...

    December 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Annie the Democrat

    Rangel NEEDS TO GO!

    The Governor of Illinois NEEDS TO GO!

    Every Dirty Politician in Illinois and Congress NEEDS TO GO!


    If Obama is connected to this then HE NEEDS TO GO AS WELL

    It's time Americans take back our Nation and insist that the politicians serve the best interests of this nation .....not their own dirty pockets!

    December 9, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Janey

    the corruption in the Democratic party is beyond belief–and is never fully investigated by Media–they simply look the other way.

    December 9, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. sandee in Portland

    How ironic that he's head of the tax writing committee and failed to pay his taxes on his vacation home. Hopefully, this and other unethical politicians will bite the dust along with the Illinois governor and the senator from Alaska.

    December 9, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Brian

    I'm a democrat who voted Obama. I'm sorry, but they should toss this guy. He's a total bonehead. Let's clean up Washington.

    December 9, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. KM


    Here's a thought: NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS!!!!!!!!!

    I don't care if they're on the right or the left. Career politicians = corruption.

    December 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    Honey, stay put in the office, dont resign. You havent stole a trillion dollar yet.

    December 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    I know. Across the nation, we need to establish term-limits to all our politicians. I truly believe that most of them are good men.

    December 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Joe Green

    Didn't take long for the Democrats to completely screw things up, did it?

    First the governor of Illlinois, now this.

    Hmmm..... time for a 3rd party?

    December 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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