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. Bias

    Again, why when Republicans are under investigation is it always because they are Republican and the word Republican appears all through the article, but when it is a Democrat, party affiliation appears irrelevant?

    December 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. David Goldman



    December 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Flash Gorden /-\

    It does not matter if you are male/female, black/white, gay/straight, rich/poor, fat/skinny, big/litte, smart/dumb, republican/democrat etc... you get the picture. If you do wrong, you must PAY for it. And, yes, IT WILL catch up to you sooner or later. Think GOD or Karma. Good ALWAYS trumps BAD!

    December 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. mike-wpb

    It is obvious that Democrats are just as dirty as republicans... get rid of these bums, why do the voters in this guys district vote for him? or for that matter, why have we voted back into office so many incumbents from the lowest rated Congress in history? term limits should be on all legislators, not just Presidents.

    December 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Libs be dopes

    He will be the first in a long line of pardons under Obama.....

    December 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Rumsfeld

    Any politician who has served for more than 6 years should be required to step aside and let others participate. I am tired of the politicians we currently have who have served for 30+ years, are far beyond typical retirement age and still believe they should lord over all of us. Obviously, I am referring to the Thurmonds, Birds, Kennedys and numerous others who need to move on. It is a privilege to be elected and to serve, not a right. This will never stop until the public demands it...and that won't happen in my lifetime.

    December 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Rangel needs to go or it's just politics, screw the taxpayer as usual.

    December 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Jerry

    This investigation will go nowhere! So much for Ethics.

    December 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Wackolibhack

    It is racist to catch Chuck doing anything wrong. Bush made him do it.

    December 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Gus Tijerino

    The most corrupt party is the democrat party. It needs to be outlawed. The guy who sold Obama his house is the same scumbag involved with the democrat governor scandal now. Unbelievable...

    December 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Gus Tijerino

    It is so blatant and funny how reporters in the media omit the party affiliation when they report on a Democrat's corruption... Do they really think the public is that stupid that we won't see the bias?

    December 9, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. California Gold

    Rangel makes an excellent case for term limits and no appointment with a cushy 6-figure salary afterward. He's like the others: it's up to you to find the dirt on me and try to make me stop.

    December 9, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. chris ludlow

    noticed that myself bias. consider the source.

    December 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Chris

    Why not "regulate" politician ethics???

    We regulate:
    Defense contractors
    "now" banking

    Term limits and Ethics commitees for ALL elected offices need to be created. The more years = more greed.

    December 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Phoenix

    Step Down. I don't understand the audacity of these people in power. They commit crimes, and somehow they should not be called on the carpet. Step Down Now.

    December 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Bruce

    If you're like me and sick of all the crap that goes on in Washington as these guys feather their nests, let's revisit term limits. It works for the presidency and it could work in congress. However, for the last two governors of Illinois, the last governor of NY and countless others, even one partial term is too much!

    December 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. bob

    Is it time for Republicans to bring all'em down?

    December 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Clint

    Politicians are a microcosm of our society as far as behavior. It makes no difference if they are Independent, Democrat, Republic, Conservative, or Liberal. What is different for them is that the level of accountability is less than it is for the general society. Their colleagues, our government, needs to trigger a non-partisan mechanism to deal with these knuckleheads swiftly and deliberately. The ballot box is where the constituents are most effective in dealing with these knuckleheads. William Jefferson of Louisiana can explain in detail how this works.

    December 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Eloise from Lufkin TX

    Rangel should have been gone a long time ago...okay, haven't even started and things are falling apart???? Can't wait for 2012.

    December 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. ken

    Karl Rove said the other day he is going to name names. When he write an oped, one need to check what is going to happen next.
    Now naming names started today. We see the names Karl!

    December 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    If it was good enough for Duke Cunningham in San Diego, and Bob Ney in Ohio, Rangel needs to face whatever music he's played if he's convicted.

    And, while I wanted a Dem to keep Jefferson's seat in Louisiana, I'm not disappointed in him losing his seat after $90,000+ was found in his freezer.

    Looks like it's cyclical. The Reps do it, then the Dems do it. Now, in the near future, we'll be back to the Reps.

    By the way, anyone wnat to buy a seat in Chicago? After all, it looks like the Gov. of Illinois (a dimtwit) has been trying to sell it.

    December 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. deb

    Well, as usual, the republicans are somehow making this about Obama or the democrats! Jeez, look at all the crooks in BOTH parties, will ya!! We need to get away from "them and us"! We need to unite as a nation and quit the mudslinging. I don't think I've ever seen so much division between the parties. I'm a democrat but I have voted republican before (although not THIS time or the last TWO times).

    December 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. HouseDiva

    I think that htis is a good thing that the democrats are cleaning house and getting the corruption out of their party.

    I just cant wait for it to be Bush's, Cheney's, Rummy's. Rove's, Ashcroft's, Rice's, and the rest of the regime's turn to face the music.

    December 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Seattle Sue

    Janey@6;00pm++++Where did you hear of this ethics problem with Mr. Rangel? If not by the media, then perhaps by a little bird? Did you not hear of the Democrat Governor of Illinois through the Media? As far as corruption by one party or the other, I think there has been more Republicans on the wrong side of ethics these past eight years than Democrats.

    December 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Hayden

    I agree with the poster who said corruption knows no political party. In this country it is us vs. them, us being the law abiding citizens and them being the legislators who make the laws and then routinely violate them. Neither party is immune. Perhaps it's time for a good 3rd party.

    December 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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