Some of Representative Charles Rangel’s colleagues thought the New York Democrat merited a reprimand rather than a more serious punishment of censure or expulsion for alleged violations of ethics rules in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The recommendation we had was a reprimand,” Representative Gene Green, who led the two-year House ethics committee investigation into Rangel, told reporters on Friday.
The investigation by a subcommittee of four members of the House Ethics Committee has ended and Rangel, 80, has been charged with 13 counts of violating House rules.
Now it is up to another subcommittee to hold a trial-like procedure to determine if the former head of the taxwriting House Ways and Means Committee did indeed violate the rules.
The charges involve solicitation of donations to a college center named in his honor, failure to report about $600,000 on financial disclosure statements, use of a rent-stabilized apartment for his campaign committee and failure to report rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic.