• Charlie Rangel's Mouth Held Shut Somehow After Ethics Conviction

    My God! I never thought I'd see this day

    A House ethics panel has convicted Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules.

    The full ethics panel will now convene a sanctions hearing to recommend a punishment. Serious sanctions — including formal reprimand, censure or expulsion — require a vote on the House floor. Expulsion requires a two-thirds vote, while a reprimand, which Rangel refused to agree to in July, or a censure would need just a simple majority. The ethics panel could also impose a fine and diminish some of Rangel’s privileges.

    Asked if he had any reaction to the panel's decision, Rangel initally told reporters, "Nope, none."

    Charlie Rangel has nothing to say?! This is unprecedented! All that other stuff with him being convicted of ethics charges, um, whatever. Snooze. Did anyone seriously think that wasn't going to happen? I mean, Rangel himself actually tried to outrun the impending convictions yesterday.

    But this business with Rangel not making a statement, this is crazy! Man, talk about burying the lede. What are they teaching journalists today?

    Tags: Charlie Rangel, Ethics, House of Representatives, New York


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