Rep. Charlie Rangel

Charlie Rangel (D-NY) House of Representatives

Charlie Rangel was found guilty on 11 charges by the House Ethics Committee On December 2, 2010. The full House of Representatives voted 333-79 to censure Rangel (2010).

Regarding the decision of the committee, a defiant Rangel, who had walked out of the trial shortly after it began Monday, was not present when the subcommittee delivered the verdict, but he quickly issued a statement, denouncing the decision. “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?” Rangel asked. He said he hoped the full committee “will treat me more fairly.”

Some of the charges the committee found him guilty of were using his office to solicit millions of dollars in donations for a non-profit center being erected in his honor and housing a campaign office in a rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment that was set aside for residential use. They also found that he failed to disclose roughly $600,000 in assets and income in reports to Congress and failed to pay taxes to the IRS on rental income earned from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.

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