WASHINGTON – New York Democrat Charles Rangel made a last-minute effort Tuesday to settle his ethics case and prevent a House trial that could embarrass him and damage the Democratic Party.
The talks between Rangel's lawyer and the House ethics committee's nonpartisan attorneys were confirmed by ethics Chairman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. Lofgren said she is not involved in the talks, and added that the committee's lawmakers have always accepted the professional staff's recommendations in previous plea bargains.
Rangel, a 40-year House veteran who is 80 years old, would have to admit to multiple, substantial ethics violations for any plea bargain to be accepted. Earlier negotiations broke down when Rangel would only admit to some allegations — not enough to satisfy the committee lawyers, according to people familiar with those talks who were not authorized to be quoted by name.
If the talks are not successful, trial proceedings for the Harlem congressman would begin Thursday with a reading of alleged ethics violations that are still confidential.
Rangel, ethics panel lawyers talking settlement - Yahoo! News
You want to know what the problem is in DC? Well friends you're looking at it. Best not to listen to dem leadership who constantly whine about Reps hold them up, and more toward slime like Rangel, who in Pelosi's most ethical congress in history, is tagged with numerous ethics charges. He said he wouldn't step aside, then he did. He said he wouldn't take a deal, now he is. What a dictionary definition of a corrupt slime ball.