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. tanner, ca


    – When a Republican is investigated he's a crook.

    – When a Democrat is investigated it's a witchhunt.

    You are truly a ridiculous bunch and I can't even take you seriously anymore.

    December 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Missy M

    Can we please stop blaming these scandals on Republicans? I really don't think "the Republican smear machine" is at work altering Rangle's tax returns or forcing Gov. Blagojevich to sell Obama's senate seat. It doesn't matter if the person is Democrat, Republican or some other party affiliation – if they play dirty, vote them out and prosecute them for any laws they break.

    December 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. dave

    Destroy all Obama work to get majority of Democrats. I am Karl rove and I approve this message

    December 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Impeach Obama

    Hey you Obamots – get ready – President Biden by summer.

    December 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Richard Rohde

    Notice not one of these Democrats has resigned, they all blame it on others. Did they mention that William Jefferson, the Ford family of Memphis, Kwame Kilpatrick and the mayor of Birmingham are all Democrats, probably not. And now, Reid and Pelosi are getting ready to bail out the UAW, who gave how much money to ACORN to elect Democrats?

    December 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Butch Dillon

    Charlie's game is up and it's time for him to be ushered to the door. How many of these guys believe the rules don't apply to them? Maybe harsh punishments will get the message across. At any rate, NY needs a replacement, not just the committee.

    December 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Why no mention of the fact that Rangel is a Democrat? Time for Pelosi to step up and police her own. If he were a Rep. she'd be all over him.

    December 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Impeach Obama

    David Goldman, honey, there has to be a somewhat reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed before an indictment can be made. Despite claims by CNN and the Democrat party, Bush has committed no crimes.

    December 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. res50

    I remember old Joe Lieberman almost lost his chairmanship because he said something good about a repub. Mr. Rangel will probably get to keep his because he is a crook. a less ethical offense in Washington.

    December 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. chris @ stl

    Rep. Rangle shold go ...

    December 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Allyson

    Washington needs to clean up its and get rid of all the crooked politicians no matter who they are and I am hopeful President elect Obama will clean house.

    December 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. L.B

    Looks like all 28 comments have a republican tone. Republicans still run the Justice Dept. and by the way the biggest crime committed to this day, happens to be this so called WAR.

    December 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Erick in Al

    Ok, this is 1 democrat. NOONE is as corrupt as the GOP, and Bush!

    December 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Joman

    Its clear that corruption is rampant in both parties. That should surprise no one, and no one should gloat about their party being more pious – because neither is. Regardless of party – the corrupt simply need to go.

    We citizens demand that our politicians put party before country – and we should expect nothing less of ourselves. This is an issue that all citizens need to unite around.

    So stop beating each other up and use your energy to instead help rid our government of corrupt politicians – regardless of party.

    December 9, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. MikeH

    Remember that the House Ethics Committee is run by the Democrats. At least they are expanding the ethics investigation of Rangel. If it were a Republican-run committee investigating a Republican, well, just look at what was going on back in 2006 w/ Mark Foley, Tom Delay, Dennis Hastert, Bill Frist (Frist flagrantly violated the Constitution, and not a peep from the Ethics Committee).

    Clean out the venal folks from both parties, ferret out all the 'Burrowers" that Bush planted, get rid of all those ignorant religious fanatics who censor scientific reports, and we just might salvage this country, and the planet.

    December 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. JFK

    Impeach Obama December 9th, 2008 7:35 pm ET

    "Hey you Obamots – get ready – President Biden by summer."

    Ya, dont try to disguise your hatred and your name. Be out and proud and display your name since you dont hold back your obvious hatred of Obama. You probably dont even know what you really hate so much about Obama other than you probably read a lot of ridiculous and factually incorrect emails that your friends circulate. Then you get online and repeat the same garbage that circulates in consertive circles. Talk about stupid breeding more stupid.

    December 9, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Drew


    Headline: "Leading Dem faces ethics investigation"

    December 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Voterinohio

    Funny, because he's a crook he's a republican in disguise according to some of the inept individuals who chose to blog on here. Funny thing, politicians as a whole are corrupt, sorry the holy democratic party is not immune.

    December 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. Enough A;ready

    Joe Green December 9th, 2008 6:20 pm ET
    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?
    It is a Long List ....BUSH CHENEY KARL ROVE and PALIN is Lying CROOK !!!!!! YOU BETCHA!!! Bush Will Pardon ALL the Crooks Without Considering the Border Patrolmen

    December 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Adam

    Republicans were in trouble right after the general election 4 years ago. Now it looks like the dems have all the scandals. Lets see how this all plays out

    December 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists....a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians...yep, change you can believe in.

    December 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Steve NY

    Seems like Obama is riding a wave of corruption in the Democratic party straight into the White House. Now that's change you can believe in!

    By the way, my uncle is a city councilman here in my town... how much could he get for his seat? We could use the money! LOL.

    December 9, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. jack

    Jefferson, Stevens and Rangel all are the type of politician that the public wants to get rid of once and for all. We did not vote people into office just for them to use office to wring "campaign contributions" from individuals or companies that have business before government. Criminal proscution is what we need for those who have abused the public trust.

    December 9, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. JK Ashburn, VA

    Rangel can share a cell with William Jefferson and Rod Blagojevich. But, it will get crowded as more names surface from Chicago with that deal. It's gonna get ugly.

    In fact, maybe they should open a new wing at Gitmo. These people are too dangerous to America to be allowed to roam free on the streets.

    December 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. proudliberal-independent

    if ur corrupt, get out of our government! we're sick of political cronies! NO MORE POLITICS OF THE PAST! these dems are disgusting ,but, bush and his crew are the worst! i say, to prison with all of them! people griping because the 'liberal-left progressives' are concerned that we're getting more of the same, with the new 'clinton' administration? these corrupt sobs are why! when this stuff happens in taiwan or so. korea ,their people take to the streets and demand accountability the old-fashioned way.

    December 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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