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.

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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. pam Eugene OR

    Democrats or Republicans it does not matter. The country is in no mood for these crooks. They all need to be kicked out and sent to jail for their crimes.
    That includes Bush and Cheney. They are on the top of the list if criminals.
    We the people need to demand some basic honesty of our politicians. This is a poster person for term limits.

    December 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. smearjay

    Does everyone remember Pelosi's statement "When I am elected Speaker of the House, I am going to drain the political swamp in Washington".

    December 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Jim Nelson

    Ethics is a foreign concept when elected. John Dingell represents Dearborn, MI and is married to a senior GM executive. it has never stopped him from voting on auto issues. Democrat or Republican they all have ethics problems..its the water in Washington (or the money)

    December 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Tom D.

    We all need to stop being idiots and pointing fingers at each others party. BOTH PARTIES HAVE CORRUPT MEMBERS! As soon as we all learn this important lesson and stop blindly supporting one party and demonizing the other the sooner we make progress. If they did wrong – they go!

    December 9, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Wow, the Democratic hits just keep coming. Earlier today there was the Blago -Obama Affair, now more of the continuing Rangel scandal. Lurking in the background, ready to break at any moment, are more juicy tidbits of the Obama-Ayers, Obama -Wright and Obama- Rezko soap operas.

    December 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. tess

    the fun is just beginning – watch these democrates try to excuse everything that happens from here on – afterall it is dems who will be doing the ugly, dishonest, unlawful things now and we will all get to see how it is perfectly o.k. if it is them but all republicans who look cross-eyed should be jailed at least, if not put to death!!! can't wait to watch this cast of pitiful people try to lead!! what a joke--

    December 9, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. WiseGuy

    To answer Mr. Goldman, it will be Bush's turn when he does something illegal. Right now, ol' George is smelling pretty good, at least compared to the gang that Obama hangs out with...

    December 9, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Mike Dallas

    Rangel is a Dem

    Stevenson is a Republican

    Seems the score is all even in this unethical race

    December 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. earle,woodstock,vt.

    What,are we going to have a lynching,what gives here? I hope this ain't a race issue,cause I,m one guy who'll go to bat for this brother. He's a decorated Vet, and outstanding congressman. Someone wants his powerful House Chairman Seat,which controls the purse strings? Now I wonder who's causing this rutkus? I wouldn't put it past a fellow Democrat stirring up the BS,...

    December 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Joseph

    Another honest democrat, if you go by the democrats definition of honest.

    December 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. jamie

    American,GREED at best! Capitalist pig's...

    December 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. nate

    All corrupt pols have to go, irrespective of party. Now that thats out of the way, lets review shall we? WE WON. YOU LOST. Sit down and be quiet and we'll let you know if and when you ever matter again Repubs.

    December 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Thinker

    harry December 9th, 2008 6:49 pm ET

    Say, Republican operative at work!

    Yes Harry a Republican told the chairman of the House's tax law writing committee it was OK not to pay taxes on income. Get real. We need to check every Dem politicians freezer.

    December 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Pamma

    If Obama got involved in this, Rangel would be gone in a heart beat.

    December 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. New Yorker

    He'll probably get off scott free just like former Democratic Governor Spitzer. What a double standard this country has. If it was a Republican you would see justice but don't expect it when it involves a democrat.

    December 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Blair

    Weren't the Dems supposed to clean up this culture of corruption instead of just making room for their own form of it? Wasn't Obama supposed to change Illinois politics the way he's supposed to change federal politics? And why isn't the party affiliation of these two Democratic crooks prominently displayed in the headlines of any stories written about them (as it would be for any Republican politician)?

    December 9, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. KG

    Rangel, your sun has set. Move on.

    To Congress, you really want to be something new and different. Show this guy the door (and all of those like him). Oh yes, I guess if you did that there would be no one left!!

    December 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Jimbo

    Rangel should step down for not having a budget in 06. The tax cuts and infrastructure bills have not been seen by his committee.

    December 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Interesting that all this is coming out AFTER the presidential election. Who knows if this could have tipped the vote towards McCain. We will never know.

    December 9, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Mark Newport RI

    Yawn. Old news.

    Had CNN been doing their job this would have been published awhile back.

    But hey, when was or is CNN interested in publishing bad news about the liberal democrats in a timely fashion any way?

    I guess CNN can't sweep it under the rug anymore.

    December 9, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. JFK

    Janey December 9th, 2008 6:00 pm ET

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

    What planet are you from Janey? Were you awake during the last 8 years? Or did you simply turn the other cheek as did so many other Americans? Republicans have had a good old time taking money from oil companies, bribes from Jack Abramhoff, toe tapping their way through airport bathrooms, and picking up underage congressional pages. Thats just the Congress! Need I go on? Please go back and read your Bible and circulate some more conservative factually free emails!

    December 9, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Carson

    Give it up, Charlie (D)! You need to resign not just from your tax committe position but from the House of Representatives! Looks like you won't get that chance to reinstate the draft like you wanted to do a couple of years ago. Maybe you and the governor of Illinois (D) can be cell mates.

    December 9, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Jeff B

    Both parties harbor these crooks despite the obvious ethical lapses, and the very bad name it gives Congress & our Govt. I hope they force Rangel out and make him give the money back. Disgusting. Since half of the Bush admin was crooked, maybe he'll pardon Rangel too, at the last minute just to be nice!

    December 9, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. Mike

    The Ethics Committee is going to investigate Rangel. They will find that he has NO ETHICS. Then the democrats will return this slimebag to his chairmanship because the Democrats have no ethics either.

    December 9, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. Pete

    And you thought the Republicans are bad... The democraps will make George Bush look like a saint.

    December 9, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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