Rangel Charged With 13 Ethics Violations by House Panel

Rangel Charged With 13 Ethics Violations by House Panel

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A bipartisan House ethics committee charged U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel with 13 ethics violations in a 40-page statement of alleged misconduct released Thursday.

A breakdown of the charges noted:

“The 13 ethics charges against Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., are related to several actions, including his failure to disclose income and pay taxes on a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic; soliciting donations for a public policy center bearing his name; and his use of a rent-subsidized apartment for his campaign.

“The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct panel alleged Rangel broke specific House rules, including:

• Accepting gifts, “favors or benefits” that influence official duties

• Sending non-official mail at taxpayers’ expense

• Improperly using congressional letterhead for non-official business

• Omitting assets and income on annual financial disclosure statements

• Failing to pay income taxes.”

In a 32-page response, Rangel’s attorney denied the charges and said, “For forty years, Congressman Rangel has faithfully served the people of the fifteenth district. He has at all times acted in his constituents’  best interest and has brought them economic and educational opportunities…

“”The undisputed evidence is that … Rangel did not dispense any political favors, that he did not intentionally violate any law, rule or regulation, and that he did not misuse his public office for private gain,” the statement read.

A trial could be scheduled in September.

“These actions, if proven, would demonstrate that Mr. Rangel violated multiple provisions of the House rules and federal statutes. . . . We can never forget that public office is a public trust,” Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas told reporters. McCaul is top Republican on the ethics subcommittee hearing Rangel’s case.

PHOTO: Yana Paskova for The New York Times

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