A congressional ethics panel found Rep. Charles Rangel guilty Tuesday on 11 counts of violating rules of the House of Representatives and is now weighing how to punish the New York Democrat.
A special eight-member bipartisan panel of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct announced its findings against Rangel after deliberating for hours behind closed doors following a rare trial.
“We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the fact of law,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the chairman of the full committee. “And I believe we have accomplished that mission.”
Rangel, 80, was accused of failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income and assets, improper use of several rent-controlled apartments in his district, questionable fundraising efforts for a college center in New York that bears his name, and failing to pay taxes on property he owns in the Dominican Republic.
The article goes on to say he was basically just sloppy and didn’t really benefit from his misdeeds, but I don’t think that matters much. Regardless, the thing I find absolutely amazing is that he paid millions to his lawyers and they just up and abandoned him right before the trial. Who in their right mind would ever, ever hire the firm that was representing him after watching them do this?