Democrat Charlie Rangel went before the Adjudicatory Subcommittee, a sub unit of the House Ethics Committee, this morning to face ethics charges against him. The eight-member panel of Republicans and Democrats will decide whether the ethics violations can be proven by clear and convincing evidence. Rangel is being charged with 13 counts of ethics violations, mostly connected to his fundraising practices and his finances. Already this morning, Democrat Rangel threatened to walk out of the hearing.
When Democrat Chair of the Subcommittee Rep. Zoe Lofgren made it clear it was not the committee’s responsibility to get counsel for Rangel, he launched into an extended complaint against the unfairness of the process, and said he was going to “remove myself” from the proceedings. But before he could walk out, another member of the committee made a motion to continue the proceeding to a later time, a motion that is being considered by the committee in Executive Session.
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The Sunlight Foundation is broadcasting the proceedings live on their website.