[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/29/art.pelosi.0725q.gi.jpg caption ="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that there must be ‘accountability’ in cases of ethical transgressions."]Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday - in response to a question about New York Rep. Charlie Rangel - that there must be "accountability" and "transparency" in cases of ethical transgressions.
"Holding a high ethical standard is a serious responsibility ... and a top priority" for the House Democratic leadership, she said.
In terms of political fallout from the Rangel case, "the chips will fall where they may," she said.
Pelosi said she did not know what direction the ethics committee will take when it unveils its specific charges against Rangel on Thursday afternoon.