July 30th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Reprimand Rangel, House committee investigators say

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/30/art.rangel.0729w.gi.jpg caption ="House ethics committee investigators have recommended that Rep. Charlie Rangel be reprimanded."] Washington (CNN) - House ethics committee investigators have recommended that Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York be reprimanded, according to one of those investigators, Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas.

A reprimand would be a relatively light punishment, compared with censure and expulsion. The recommendation was made to the ethics committee before Thursday's public hearing detailing charges against Rangel.

The full committee and the House would have to approve any sanction against Rangel.

Asked about the recommendation, Rangel initially told CNN on Friday that it's "untrue." Rangel's attorney, however, later said that the embattled congressman "misspoke" and the possibility of a reprimand "was one of a number of issues addressed in settlement discussions."

The committee has accused Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, of 13 violations of House rules involving alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress.

Among other things, Rangel has been charged with using his influence to solicit donations for a college policy center bearing his name from corporate heads and others with business before the powerful House Ways and Means Committee that Rangel chaired until forced to give up the leadership position earlier this year.

Other charges involve alleged income tax and financial disclosure violations, as well as improper use of government mail service and letterhead.

An ethics committee trial of Rangel is still set to be held, most likely in September, barring a settlement between Rangel and the committee members.

- CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report

Filed under: Charlie Rangel
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. gt

    gee what a surprise ..... no wonder america hates the pelosi and her thugs, tax cheats, pork infested house buddies... unbelievable currupt !

    July 30, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. JP

    The message to other politicians is its ok to lie, cheat, and steal and you will only get a slap on the wrist, this man has no honor. He should be kicked out and put in jail.

    July 30, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Marlene

    A reprimand is all? Isn't that a little like giving a child a "time out"? I will be totally disgusted with the House if that is the result of the thirteen violations. If I didn't pay my taxes or falsely reported income, you can bet the IRS would be all over my case. I'll be watching the House members vote and I bet lot of other voters will also. If a reprimand is indeed all Rep. Rangle gets, watch your 11% approval rating take a dive.

    July 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. linda

    the democrats should not be tring to get a deal for rangle. he should be tried and sent to jail like every other crook who has done these things. why should he get a reprimant which is nothing when ordinary people are sent to jail?

    July 30, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Explusion you DUMocRAT wimps.

    Reprimand, are you kidding me?

    Do I only get a reprimand when I don't pay my taxes.


    July 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Naqib

    Typical... the Dem congress will slap him on the wrist followed with a lot of welcome back hugs... and wispers in the ear of "Thanks for not bringing me into it... owe you one"

    November is 100 Days... Say goodbye to the crooked... lowest rated congress in history

    July 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Obamalot

    I don't think this was any kind of surprise. We knew Nancy was not draining the swamp and dems take care of their own. Ethics, moral, and rules are only for the GOP. I'm kind of glad it happenend, should help in mid-term ads.

    July 30, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. joe

    It is sad. Regardless of the party the person is affiliated with. Ego is the problem. Unilmited terms are the bigger problem. When people are in office for so long, they begin to think they can do anything they want without regards to the legality. Time and again this happens. While it will never happen unless peope smaten up. there needs to be term limits or at least an age limit. No gevernment worker can work beyond 65, why should politicians in Washington be any different?? We know the Congress will never put limits on their ability to gain financially so what can we do??? There has to be a solution.

    July 30, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. J-wowww

    275 comments and counting on Sarah's cover picture, but I bet there will be few on the continuing 'culture of corruption' in the dem party. How about that idiot Weiner dude with the rant in the House?? Doesn't he know the GOP does not have the votes to stop ANYTHING in the House. Must have been some of his lib buddies that left him in the cold on that one, moron.

    July 30, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. john

    These charges don't seem as momentous as I had thought they were going to be.

    July 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    He should be fined, jailed and kicked out.

    What would happen to a citizen if they dd all this? Do the same to Rangel. Set an example !!!!

    July 30, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. rob

    If Rangel gets off easy its because 1 he is a Democrat and 2 he is African American. The Media ran with Nancy Pelosi's famous "Drain the Swamp" mantra before the 2006 congressional elections. It was trumped up at the time and the Media will not call this scandal for what it is now. If he were a Republican the Media and the Dems would have forced him to resign from office in shame.

    The Democrats have had it too easy with the media for years but the times are changing. We can get Fairer, more Ballanced coverage in other outlets and on the internet etc. The people of this country are more informed than at any time in our history. We see whats been going on and the polls reflect it.

    Send a great message this Nov. 2nd to the Dems and their friends in the Media. The monopoly of information is over.

    July 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Just another nail in the political future of the dems. They are so corrupt they can't see anything wrong with corruption. November will be here soon........

    July 30, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Steve in CT

    So Rangel says he "may have been over zealous serving the public".
    These spin masters are something. Many violations of ethics rules and this guy thinks he's being victimized because he was being a hero? Atleast he isn't playing the race card, yet where most others in his situation would. C'mon. These politicians are amazing. Hit the flush in November.

    July 30, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. NoCountryLeftForKids

    Thank goodness the swamp is drained!

    July 30, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    That "drain the swamp" speech was a lie just as the "new sheriff in town" speech was a lie. Both were giving by Pelosi! I am now awaiting the "circle the wagons" speech. That would be the truth! Why do PUBLIC SERVANTS forget they are PUBLIC SERVANTS? They work for US! Rangel really needs to be gone!

    July 30, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Simon/Orlando

    This guy is a complete crook. Which totally qualifies him to remain in congress.

    July 30, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. ken

    Is it too much to ask that at a minimum this cheat would be turned over to standard IRS fees and penalties for cheating on his taxes? What citizen of the US would not end up in jail for this level of tax fraud; and he is writing the rules for the rest of us?

    July 30, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Ben in Texas

    Through every Repugnant scandal over the past year, right wingers have pointed to Charlie Rangel, as if his scandal somehow lessened those of the right wing. Now, Rangel's scandal is in the forefront, since they've gotten around to completing the investigation. It's about time, and I hope they throw the book at him.

    Progressives are glad to have Rangel punished for his wrongdoing, just as we are to have Repugnants punished for theirs. However, hard core right wingers only want Democrats punished. If this were not true, they would be screaming to nail Bush and Cheney for their horrendous crimes committed since 2000. Not a peep from the right about those scandals, serious and far-reaching as they are.

    I can only conclude that right wingers are as corrupt as the Repugnants they support.

    July 30, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    I have noticed that when the democrats screw up they are likely to quit. The rethugs carry on with their affairs with hookers, underage pages and bathroom pickups as if nothing has happened.
    ensign and barton and wilson should have been long gone, but the party sticks to those "family value" failures like flies to molasses.

    July 30, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. phoenix86

    Democrats projecting their support of institutionalized corruption.

    Change we can believe in?

    July 30, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. DJ

    I am sorry but it is time for CR to leave. He is causing too much distraction for the Democrats. He should be bigger sport and resign his post.

    July 30, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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