Ethics panel expands Rangel probe - John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com
I have to say that I'm impressed that this wasn't brushed under the rug.The House ethics committee has unanimously voted to expand its investigation into embattled Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, promising to further investigate Rangel’s latest re-statement of his personal finances.
The growing investigation comes as Rangel continues to fight off Republican attempts to oust him from his chairmanship – the House voted largely along party lines on Wednesday to allow Rangel to keep his gavel while the ethics panel continues its months-long probe of the Harlem Democrat.
The committee’s wide-ranging investigation already included an inquiry into Rangel's use of rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem luxury building, his fundraising on behalf of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College in New York, a tax provision for a million-dollar donor to the center and his failure to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic.
And now the panel is looking into why Rangel understated the values of certain assets in his personal financial disclosures by $600,000.