Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) was convicted today of 11 counts of ethics violations following a two-year investigation.
After the Congressional ethics committee announced the verdict, the 80-year-old former chair of the Ways and Means committee released this defiant statement:
“How can anyone have confidence in the decision of the Ethics Subcommittee when I was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room? I can only hope that the full Committee will treat me more fairly, and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanctions.
I am disappointed by the unfortunate findings of the Ethics Subcommittee. The Committee’s actions are unprecedented in view of the fact that they arrived at without rebuttal or counter evidence on my behalf.”
- C-SPAN video of the Congressional ethics committee hearing held on Monday, Nov. 15
- Politico.com: Charlie Rangel guilty on 11 ethics charges
- NPR.org: Rangel found guilty of ethics violations
- Congressman Charlie Rangel’s official Congressional website
- Congressional Committee on Standards of Official Conduct’s statement of allegation against Congressman Charlie Rangel
- House Ethics Committee’s official website