Rangel To Stand Trial On Ethics Violations

Former Ways and Means Chairman, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D., NY) will be tried on serious charges of ethics violations after he rejected the findings of the Ethics Committee, including the alleged failure to declare up to $831,000 in assets and use of his office to raise money for a center named after himself.

In a separate case, Rangel was accused of accepting free trips from corporate interests and other violations.

Rangel, 80, appears set for trial — a process last used by Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) before he went to federal prison. He has spent more than $2 million of his campaign funds on his legal team.

The trial is probably a greater concern for the Democrats than Rangel who is at the end of his career and is fighting for his legacy. For Democrats, it could not come at a worse moment with polls showing Congress at an all-time low of eleven percent. If Rangel wanted to simply continue in office, he probably could have accepted the allegations and weathered the storm in a safe district. However, he wants his day in court (though this can only be loosely analogized to a court proceeding).

Source: Washington Post

44 thoughts on “Rangel To Stand Trial On Ethics Violations”

  1. Bryon,

    The one it is directed at may infer any meaning. That is why I chose that word because of its inference of many meaning and it is usually associated with negative connotations.

  2. AY:

    Main Entry: abys·mal
    Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbiz-məl, a-\
    Function: adjective
    Date: circa 1656
    1 a : having immense or fathomless extension downward, backward, or inward b : immeasurably great : profound c : immeasurably low or wretched
    2 : abyssal 2

    — abys·mal·ly \-mə-lē\ adverb

    I assume you mean 1 c?

  3. Ok where’s the fool? You here, ready to insult me or my intelligence? It is readily apparent I lack some element of intelligence as I continue to communicate with you. Or maybe it is the feeling that I need to surround myself with fools such as yourself so that I feel comfortable in my own skin.

    Your apathetic apologist attitudinal dysfunction is not lost on the even the abysmally aware.

  4. Buddha,

    I’ll work on it … I have some contacts in that field (modestly, she wrote) … BUT … the woman is married and you are a lawyer and … well, as long as it doesn’t take place in Mississippi …..

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