*A congressional panel has found New York Rep. Charles Rangel guilty of 11 violations of House ethics rules and now will consider sanctions of the Democrat that could range from formal reprimand to expulsion from Congress.
Rangel had been charged with 13 rules violations, including failing to declare rental income from a Dominican villa, improper solicitation of donations on congressional letterhead and misuse of a rent-controlled apartment as a campaign office. Two of the violations were combined, while the panel failed to find sufficient evidence on the remaining charge.
“This has been a difficult assignment, time consuming, and we have approached our duties diligently,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who led the special adjudicatory subcommittee that was hearing the case. “We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and law, and I believe we have accomplished that.”
Now that the adjudicatory subcommittee has found Rangel guilty, the full 10-member Ethics Committee will recommend what sanctions to level against the 80-year-old Rangel. An expulsion is considered unlikely, but the committee could decide Rangel should be reprimanded or censured, measures that would require a full vote by the House.
Watch video of beleaguered congressman pleading his case here: