July 26, 2010

Rangel to face House ethics trial

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) will face a public trial before the House ethics committee for his role in violating a "range of ethics rules."

A House investigative panel has found “substantial reason to believe” that Representative Charles B. Rangel violated a range of ethics rules, dealing a serious blow to Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, in the twilight of his political career.

The finding means that he must face a public trial before the House ethics committee, the first member of Congress to be forced to do so since 2002, when Representative James A. Traficant Jr. was expelled from Congress after a corruption conviction.

Rules are rules and if you break them, you must face the consequences. If Charlie Rangel broke the rules, he should face the appropriate punishment.