Congressional Black Caucus’ Statement on Charles Rangel Ethics Violation Conviction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement today on Chairman Charles B. Rangel:

“Congressman Rangel was not found guilty of corruption or enriching himself. He was found guilty of poor record keeping, and improperly using his office stationery. Long ago he admitted these lapses and has worked to correct them.

“It is important to remember that Congressman Rangel was the person that initiated the ethics process, by asking the committee to look into allegations against him. He also hired a forensic accountant to clear up his tax matters and he’s already settled with the IRS.

“It is still too premature to speculate on how this will be finally resolved, but I do know that when Congressman Rangel was charged with breaking House rules, he worked to correct the violations.

“Congressman Rangel has a distinguished, demonstrated 50-year history of service to his constituents who again returned him to office in November. When his record and actions are compared with other members, reason would seem to indicate that any decision on punishment should be in line with previous findings of the ethics committee.”

2 Replies to “Congressional Black Caucus’ Statement on Charles Rangel Ethics Violation Conviction”

  1. wtf

    Are you f’ing kidding me? He was found guilty on every charge! How can you defend his behaviour? The man LIED and hid income – despite being chair of the ways and means committee.

  2. Tobyjane

    at 60yrs. old i’ve watch this behavior for years. however Charles Rangel is the only one that has ask for forgiveness. Who has not come short of God,s glory? I forgive you Sir and will pray for you.

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