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Nancy Pelosi defends Charlie Rangel

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After news broke that the House ethics committee plans to admonish  Rep. Charlie Rangel for violating House rules, Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately came to Rangel’s rescue, once again.

No surprise here since in the past Pelosi has been Rangel’s most prominent defender through his many tax evasion episodes – thieves sticking together and all that.

“I think that every member is entitled to have his day before the ethics committee,” she said. “They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules. And, again, if this were the end of it, that would be one thing. But there’s obviously more to come and we’ll see what happens with that. But every member has that right.”

Pelosi said, “All I saw was the press release where it said he didn’t violate the rules of the House.” She noted that the report said Rangel didn’t know he was violating rules that applied to a lobbyist-funded trip to the Caribbean.

Pelosi pointed out that the ethics committee found that Rangel’s staffers knew corporate money was paying for trips even though Rangel claims he didn’t.

“I think it’s quite a statement to hold members accountable for what their staffs knew,” she said. “I’ll be interested to see how that reverberates.”

Typical Charlie Rangel to go with the twofer “ignorance” and “the staffer did it” defense.

Pelosi failed to mention whether Rangel should stay on as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, but this might be a good time to remind her about the promise of the most ethical administration ever.

“Obviously they have other issues to deal with,” Pelosi said. “We’ll just see what happens next and what comes out of the ethics committee.”

John Murtha could not be reached for comment.


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February 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Charles Rangel – Tax Cheat

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Democrat Charles Rangel enjoying the fruits of our labor.

Charles Rangel(D-NY) is a piece of work don’t you think? With a congressional salary of around $170,000 per year, mostly just for being arrogant, he decided himself too powerful and important to pay taxes like the rest of us.

Recently, Rangel was discovered to have filed a grossly misleading financial disclosure report for 2007 failing to report at least half a million dollars in assets.

He also has a credit union account worth at least $250,000 and as much as $500,000 that he didn’t bother to report. He has investment accounts worth about the same, which he also didn’t report. Ditto for three pieces of property in New Jersey.

Beyond that, Rangel has failed to report assets totaling more than $1 million on legally required financial disclosure forms going back to at least 2001.

The news comes on top of revelations last year that Rangel didn’t report and didn’t pay taxes on income from a villa in the Caribbean. In that matter, the Internal Revenue Service gave him sweetheart treatment; Rangel paid about $10,000 in back taxes, but was not required to pay any penalty or interest.

What a deal! You deliberately evade your taxes and see what happens.

What makes this so outrageous is that Chucky Rangel is the House of Representatives chairman of the committee that authors federal law dealing with tax cheats – just like him.

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September 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm