August 10th, 2010
01:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Rangel says he will not resign

(CNN) - Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, said on the House floor Tuesday that he has no intention of resigning from Congress.

"If it is the judgment of the people here that I should resign," then the ethics committee should expedite its consideration of the charges against him, he said.

But "I am not going away. I am here."

Rangel is facing 13 counts of ethics violations, including a failure to pay taxes and properly report income.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Capt. Snarky

    Fine. Put him on trial and send his arse to prison where it belongs.............

    August 10, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. jim

    He know's that Congress will not do a darn thing other than protect one of their own.

    August 10, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Thomas

    He should not resign. He needs to stand trial. If the evidence is there, he needs to be convicted and removed from office. If the evidence is not there, he needs to be left alone. That's the American way.

    August 10, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Jerry - Florida

    Of course he will not resign. How is he going to continue his cheating/lying ways. Notice the "Big Spender-in- Chief", President NObama is silent on this one?

    August 10, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Obama 2012- Clinton 2016

    Hold your self accountable Rangel. There is nothing I would want more than the Democrats to remain in control of the house but due to you actions you have to go. The problem with Washington is everyone thinks their exceptions to the rule..

    August 10, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. David in Houston

    As a proud Democrat I believe we must lead by example and demand that Rangel resign. His exit is inevitable and the longer he drags his feet the longer the party will be dragged down as well.

    August 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. katiec

    Well, Newt left his political position in disgrace, has admitted to having an affair while prosecuting Clinton, divorced his wife who had cancer and has an unsurpassed ego.
    And, this man is planning on running for president!!
    It will be up to the voters.

    August 10, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Steve- Illinois

    I'm glad that you have decided to stay! Hopefully your constituents will have the honor of handing you your pink slip!

    I wonder how your rent controlled landlord feels about your representation!
    A perfect example of why career politicians have to go!

    Keep electing the same people, ya get the same results!

    Common Sense!

    August 10, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Gerald

    Of course he will not step down until tax payers spend millions on trials to force him, classic democrat wasting money. Go away thief

    August 10, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. water bearer

    I am a die-hard progressive Democrat, been one my entire adult life and I don't see that changing any time soon. That being said . . . Charlie Rangel needs to resign and yesterday would not have been soon enough!

    August 10, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. rdepontb

    Mr. Rangel, you know you should have left much sooner. It's not too late. Surely you and your friends can come up with a good face-saver for you, your family, your constituents, the Party, and the nation.

    August 10, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Bob

    This is really going to be great for Democrats this mid-term election.
    Two high profile black leaders that, according to the facts available, will have a very difficult time proving their innocence, are taking it to the max.

    In Reps Maxine Waters and now Charles Rangel case, they are telling their fellow democrats including the President to stuff it and bring the trial on.

    Sure, you have a right to a trial by your peers and that is their decision to make. However, because of their decision, it sure has a lot of sphincters tightened up and you know it will get very ugly. It certainly will not help, but injure the Congressional Black Caucus and probably provide more ammunition for a big loss in the mid-terms.

    But like they say, everyone deserves their day in court. And in this instance, the old-timers have thumbed their nose at the new younger black establishment to include the President.

    August 10, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Well good for Charlie. Let's hope that since he will not plea bargain he gets a maximum term in prison for his crimes.

    August 10, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sad end to his career. He admits guilt, says he's not asking for mercy then trys to make the system the problem...


    August 10, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    Of course this DEM crook isn't going anywhere.

    He'd be unemployed, unable to find work.

    PLUS, he's waiting for an OBOZO sweet-heart deal; i.e., some job as Ambassador to ???.

    Yep, some clean house Ms. Pelosi is running.......

    August 10, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. w l jones

    A person stay in one place he field they can not do no wrong.

    August 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Naqib

    Of course not...
    And the DNC will not ask him too...
    Besides... if you do think he should resign... you might be a racist

    August 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. frombelair

    if it is proven that you did not pay taxes on purpose, you should go to jail,
    i did not work for 2 years and i still pay taxes,

    August 10, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. michael

    Charlie, you have done much for the country but along the way you made bad choices, don't make a bad situation worse, resign with dignity.

    August 10, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Fed Up

    Of course he won't resign. Why should he? He's looking forward to this trial. Ummmm, unless his lawyer can come to a settlement for something he didn't do......Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    August 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. fedup

    Charlie, retire, will you? You're 80. You're corrupt. People are sick of this type of behavior in politics. You have plenty of money (and Lord only knows what kind of deals you pulled to get it but just go home. I thought that beast from San Fran was going to "drain the swamp". If Miss facelift did that, Washington, DC would be empty. WE THE PEOPLE are sick of the corruption. Get the message?

    August 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Okay Rep. Charlie Rangel, I heard you and conditionally agree with what you are saying. I thick, with respect to ethics violations, that a real good hard look should be takin' at the Republican side of the isle. Talk about a 'swamp that needs to be drained'. Whew. It hard to know where to begin! After we're done with that, then we can take a look at the Rangel & Water situations. I also think that the US Supreme Court needs to be looked at as well.

    August 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. jack

    ironically, now the dems will get a taste of their own medicine... Americans have not been listened to as day after day, legislation we did not support was rammed down our throats. Now, rangel will not fall down under the bus for the good of the party no matter how much dem party leaders cajole does it feel ms pelosi?

    August 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. New Age Independant

    I don't want Rangel to resign either! He should be thrown in jail!

    August 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!

    Grease the pole and get ready voters. Another one of the crooks needs to go the hard way.

    August 10, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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