Rangel Found Guilty – For What It’s Worth

Charlie Rangel was found guilty by the House ethics panel on 11 out of the 13 counts against him.

The Hill: Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), once one of the most powerful members of the House, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of violating House ethics rules and now faces punishment.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee, announced the decision late Tuesday morning following an abbreviated public trial and nearly six hours of deliberations.

“We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law,” Lofgren said. “We believe we have accomplished that mission.”

The full ethics panel will now convene a sanctions hearing to recommend a punishment, which ethics experts say will most likely be a reprimand or formal censure. The ethics committee Tuesday afternoon had yet to announce when the hearing would occur.

Big whoop. An expulsion would take a 2/3 majority which is unlikely to happen with this current Congress. Rangel will get a slap on the wrist and the voters will continue sending him back to Washington for as long as he asks them to – probably the rest of his life. The best we can hope for is he’ll be stripped of some House privileges. Not that Rangel isn’t whining about it, playing the victim. Give me a break.

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