August 5th, 2010
08:13 PM ET
13 years ago

Defiant Rangel vows to fight

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="House ethics committee investigators have recommended that Rep. Charlie Rangel be reprimanded."]Washington (CNN) – Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel remained defiant Thursday, vowing to fight charges brought by the House ethics committee and dismissing President Obama's comments about the veteran House member retiring with dignity.

"I don't know why the president of these great United States would say something like that, I guess he believes eighty is old," Rangel told reporters after delivering a speech at Columbia University.

Obama suggested last week that the New York Democrat was at the end of his career.

"I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served- his constituents very well. But these allegations are very troubling," Obama said in an interview with CBS News' Harry Smith. "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens," Obama added.

Asked if he was considering resigning, something ten of his fellow Democrats have urged him to do, Rangel said that he has a right to be heard.

"Charges that are false have been made, and in America I just always thought that unless they readjust the accusations, that a person is entitled to be heard, and really heard by their peers," Rangel said.

"If you want to give me a deal, give me a deal based on the facts, but don't give me a deal based on what makes you feel comfortable," he added.

Rangel is not the only House Democrat facing charges from the House ethics committee. His colleague Rep. Maxine Waters of California announced earlier this week she has chosen to face a House ethics trial rather than accept a finding of wrongdoing by the House ethics committee.

"I don't think of her much at this point in time," Rangel said. "I have enough of my own problems."

Last Thursday the House ethics committee accused Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of House rules involving alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. George of the jungle

    as bad as it is . It could be worse he could be a diaper wearing lying cheating republican.

    August 6, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Not paying yourtaxesfor 1/2 years might be a genuine mistake, not doing fo as long as he did is a criminal offence. In most countries I know politicians who have broken the law in a waypunishable by imprisonment and fines and penalties must automatically resign, this is not about ethics its about the criminal law of tax evasion, some countries await conviction.
    This guy is putting personal ego before party and reasonable ethics and morality.

    August 6, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. November

    What's Rangel? Like the chairman of the Democratic Crooks Caucus? DCC. Drain the swamp, Nancy. Most ethical Congress ever. Riiiiiiggggghhhhtttt...

    August 6, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    Oh please, Mr. Rangel. You've done your job, and it's time for you to go.
    Even leaders in your district say that.
    The problem is that you got caught at your ethics violations.

    August 6, 2010 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
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