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Thursday, July 22, 2010

House Panel Finds Evidence That Rangel Violated Ethics Rules - NYTimes.com

House Panel Finds Evidence That Rangel Violated Ethics Rules - NYTimes.com: "WASHINGTON — After a nearly two-year investigation, a House investigative panel has found that Representative Charles B. Rangel probably violated a range of ethics rules, dealing a serious blow to Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, in the twilight of his political career.

The investigative subcommitee did not disclose any details about the nature of the violations that it found evidence, but one House official who has been briefed on the findings said that they included some of the most serious allegations that had been examined.

“All I know is that it was a majority of them,” the House official said, asking not to be identified as the ruling is supposed to remain confidential for one week.A lawyer involved in Mr. Rangel’s defense, who also asked not to be named, disputed that characterization, adding that the case is not over yet.

“He has not been found guilty of anything,” the lawyer said.

The committee had been investigating claims that Mr. Rangel improperly rented four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem at a price well below market value, despite rules forbidding House members from accepting gifts worth more than $50."
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Charles Rangel first ran for congress forty years ago challenging and defeating the legendary Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.. His victory was in large part fueled by charges of ethics violations against Powell. It is sad to see Rangel also stained by charges of ethics violations in the twilight of his otherwise distinguished career.

John H. Armwood

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