Rangel told reporters that he is unfazed by the allegations.
“I feel extraordinary. I don’t feel any fear at all politically or personally what they came up with,” he said .”So this is it. And is what I’ve been waiting for. We’ll see what happens.”
Rangel was chairman of the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means committee until he resigned last March.
The charges have not been specified by the four-member panel, which will reportedly send the case to a House trial, where a separate panel of Republicans and Democrats will will decide whether the violations can be proved.
Last month, Rangel received the Legacy of Excellence Award at the 70th Annual Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). Organizers called Rangel “one of the pioneering, most effective and productive African-American legislative leaders in recent decades.”
The congressman has a 40-year career in legislation and is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. A civil rights activist in who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rangel is also a decorated veteran who has been awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War.