Upon taking the reins of the Democratic-controlled House , incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously stated that she would preside over the “most ethical” Congress in the history of the United States. On Tuesday, four years after her infamous statement, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) was formally convicted on 11 of the 13 ethics charges against him. The Ethics Committee did so in absentia, as Rangel left the proceedings as a form of protest. It appears Speaker Pelosi’s “most ethical Congress in history” has far from lived up to its hype.
The charges against Rep. Rangel represent the latest in a string of allegations ranging from ethics violations to corruption that have besieged Congress. Rangel was charged with failing to accurately report his assets, improperly using a subsidized housing unit as a campaign office, and using his office to elicit personal benefits. Although convicted, Rangel remained defiant.
“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 declared, referring to his departure from the proceedings over anger at being denied the time to acquire new legal representation. Rangel had argued that he was incapable of affording his legal team due to the high legal costs incurred over the past two years.
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