July 27th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Hoyer takes neutral stance on Rangel ethics probe

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/27/art.hoyer.rangel.gi.jpg caption="House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday it is up to Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York to decide whether to resign over pending ethics allegations."]Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday it is up to Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York to decide whether to resign over pending ethics allegations.

"Mr. Rangel has to do what Mr. Rangel believes is appropriate and proper," Hoyer told reporters, taking a neutral stance instead of offering support for the 20-term veteran of the House Democratic caucus that Hoyer leads.

Rangel said Tuesday he wouldn't talk about whether there is a settlement in the works to head off Thursday's hearing by the House ethics committee, which will make public a report of Rangel's alleged violations of House rules. In brief comments to reporters, Rangel confirmed his lawyers were talking with lawyers for the ethics committee.

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  1. Augsbee

    Figures Hoyer would stand by Rangel, makes you wonder what all Hoyer has been up to also. It's time all these people go.

    July 27, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Rangel needs to go. He isn't the kind of person need in our politics. He's the male Palin of the Dem Party.

    Go away Rangel. Take your unethical behavior with you.

    July 27, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Pkm

    Your charles start the draft get these punks off the street

    July 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Naqib

    I think his stance would be different if Rangel was a Republican... sad to say that statement works both ways. Too much party loyalty and to little over all good of the country. We have become polarized... and I have no idea how we can fix it. It's a shame when a Dem can come up with a great idea and the Reps have to hate it on principle... and vice versa... shame really

    July 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. JES

    Nothing but a DC crook that gets paid by the tax payers and special interest grups.

    You just got caught so take it like a man if you can.

    July 27, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Washington DC Insider

    What annoys the most about all of this, is if this was a Republican who was under investigation, we'd have the Liberal Left clamoring for his resignation. However, the Democrats are all circling the wagons for this one. I hate the double standards and lack of ethics of any Congressperson (regardless of party affiliation).

    Rangel, do the right thing and just resign.

    July 27, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Hugo

    After November ballots are cast and the Dems are out on their arse, you're up next Steny, then on to Nasty Nancy...

    July 27, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Ron in california

    Hoyer Neutral???? If this were a republican.....he'd be howling. None of these guys have any ethics.

    July 27, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. doug

    You can probe a Democrat for ethics but it is like trying to find a Minorah in Osama Bin Laden's cave.

    With Byrd gone, Mr. Rangel is now the face of the Democrat party. The thousand of people who have had a negative impact on their life because of this man's existance is completely Democrat, and you are sub-human if you support this party of hate, lies, double standards, hypocrasy, and theft.

    July 27, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Hey Steny...

    Why don't you you grow a pair and take a stance? Oh yeah... you're a typical democrat that doesn't want to be on the record for anything one way or another.

    July 27, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Angus McDugan

    I wish the media and politicians would let this thing play out instead of jumping to the conclusions they want to occur. Do you really think you can influence the truth?

    July 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. snow

    Rangel is guilty or else he would not be trying to cut a deal. Get rid of him, then start working on the other bought and paid for demorats.

    July 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Eric

    In other words, Steny took Obama's lead and voted "present" on Rangel.

    I thought Hoyer was going to help root out the Culture of Corruption (TM) in Washington? Whatever happened to that?

    Oh, yeah, that's right... it's only "corruption" when Republicans do it. When democrats are corrupt, it's considered Business As Usual, or Standard Operating Procedure.

    July 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Pretty amazing, all of these years of investigation and they got the goods on Rangel and Hoyer is neutral. I would love to see his remarks condeming Alberto Gonzales after he was found innocent, following the hatchet job the libs columnists did on him. The Nutwork Network.

    July 27, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Get A Grip

    Charlie Rangel is a CROOK......He should be FIRED and thrown in jail.

    July 27, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |