Blog — House Ethics Committee

July 30, 2010

A “Contentious” Two-Year Battle to Get to the Rangel Ethics Trial

By CREW Staff

Yesterday, the House Ethics Committee laid out the charges against Rep. Charles Rangel. It's looking like there will be a trial will be held in September. But, we're also getting the back story on how this process evolved. It took two years -- and it wasn't easy:

Documents released Thursday evening show that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and an ethics panel investigating him were constantly at odds over the last two years.

The contentious relationship between the 20-term lawmaker and the ethics committee that concluded Rangel had violated House rules sheds new light on why a settlement wasn’t reached before Thursday’s public hearing.

It is clear from the documents that there was an adversarial relationship between the former Ways and Means Committee chairman and the ethics panel.

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