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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

He Was Framed

It’s confirmed: Charlie Rangel was framed on two out of 13 counts:

A House ethics panel has convicted Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee, announced the decision late Tuesday morning following an abbreviated public trial of the 20-term lawmaker and nearly six hours of deliberations.

“We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law,” Lofgren said. “We believe we have accomplished that mission.”

The full ethics panel will now convene a sanctions hearing to recommend a punishment. Serious sanctions — including formal reprimand, censure or expulsion — require a vote on the House floor. Expulsion requires a two-thirds vote, while a reprimand, which Rangel refused to agree to in July, or a censure would need just a simple majority. The ethics panel could also impose a fine and diminish some of Rangel’s privileges.

I suspect he will get censured and his constituents will continue to re-elect him.  Indeed, that’s why, of all the ethical violations going on in Congress, they went after this one.  They can convict him and look good.  But nothing will happen as a result.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/17/10 at 07:50 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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