So, now what? Wrist slap? NAACP National Treasure award? What?
Via The Hill/AP:
The House ethics panel has found that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) broke ethics rules, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reported that Rangel knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules forbidding hidden financing by corporations.
Rangel said he had done nothing wrong and expected the report to show he was not guilty of anything.
“All I know is, the ethics committee authorized the trip and there is no way in the world that there could be any report out there that says I was not authorized to travel,” Rangel said. He added: “When you read the report, you will see that I am not guilty of anything.”
The House ethics committee has found Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel violated ethics rules by accepting corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean, according to House sources.
Rangel told POLITICO Thursday night that he was being “admonished” by the committee on the grounds that at least two members of his staff knew about the corporate funding for the trips – and that Rangel himself should have known.
“I’m satisfied that when you read the report, that you will see that I have not been found guilty of anything,” Rangel said. “We were approved, the trip was approved. Whether or not it should have been approved is a serious issue.”
Rangel said that “the critical part in the report is they’re saying the ethics committee should not have authorized it if they had known all the facts — that some private funds were involved in the payment of the conference.”
Reps. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Del. Donna Christensen (D-V.I.) also participated in the trips, but a source told the Associated Press that they have been exonerated by the committee.
Rangel is still entangled in several other ethics messes.
Flashback: Tax cheat Rangel caught on tape: “Why don’t you mind your goddamned business?”