House Committee To Expand Rangel Investigation

Committee On Standards Of Official Conduct Votes Unanimously In Probe Of Harlem Democrat

Marcia Kramer
Oct 9, 2009

The House Ethics Committee is expanding its investigation into embattled New York Congressman Charlie Rangel.

Rangel’s sudden recollection this summer of at least $500,000 in cash assets and tens of thousands of dollars of investment income has gotten him into more hot water. The House Ethics Committee is now going to investigate those “memory lapses” as part of a probe that has already lasted 16 months.

Just three days ago, Rangel was stonewalling reporters asking questions about his murky finances, telling the media, “I would hate to see anyone attempt to mar this with questions not directly related to this exciting event…

…The revelation that the ethics investigation would be expanding quickly stamps out any sense of victory Rangel and fellow Democrats may have felt after shooting down the GOP’s call for Rangel’s resignation from a powerful tax committee.

House Democrats and Republicans battled it out Wednesday over whether to remove the embattled Congressman from his post as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

Democrats stopped that motion cold, but it may be hard for Rangel to get out from under the latest ethics probe. The committee dropped a bombshell – it has so far issued 150 subpoenas, interviewed 34 witnesses, and analyzed 12,000 pages of documents relating to Rangel’s affairs…

The rest of the article and the committee’s statement at WCBS.

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