Blog — House Ethics Committee

July 28, 2010

Rangel confirms negotiations underway for settlement of ethics case

By CREW Staff

The House Ethics Committee will release its report on Rep. Charles Rangel, which will set in motion the trial against the NY Congressman. But, yesterday, Rangel confirmed that there's a possibility of a deal:

Veteran Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York confirmed Tuesday that his lawyers are discussing a possible settlement with lawyers for the House ethics committee that would avoid a public hearing this week on ethics allegations against him.

"Negotiations are much like the arc of legislative conferences, and that is until everything is agreed upon, there's absolutely nothing agreed upon," Rangel said while leaving the House floor after several votes.

He declined to talk about any details of the negotiations handled by his legal team, saying he was not participating in the talks himself.

Earlier, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said it was up to Rangel to decide whether to resign over the pending ethics allegations.

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