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    House of Representatives House Votes to Censure Rangel for Ethics Violations Read m

    Quote Originally Posted by Fox News
    The House on Thursday voted to formally censure Rep. Charlie Rangel for financial misconduct despite pleas from the New York Democratic lawmaker and some of his colleagues for a less punishing reprimand.

    The final vote was 333-79.

    Rangel, who became the 23rd House member to be censured, appeared at the front of the chamber while Speaker Nancy Pelosi read the resolution.

    Rangel responded that he won't be judged by this Congress, "but I'm going to be judged by my life, my activities, my contributions to society and I just apologize for the awkard position that some of you are in."

    Censure is the most serious House punishment short of expulsion. His supporters asked instead for a reprimand, which would eliminate that humiliating appearance.

    But the House voted against downgrading the punishment 146-267.

    Earlier, Rangel offered an apology and a plea for leniency in the sunset of his career, agreeing that he broke congressional rule but that censure was unfair.

    The dapper 80-year-old Rangel, wearing a blue suit, blue tie and a blue handkerchief, faced his colleagues and told them, "I have made serious mistakes" including filing misleading financial disclosure forms and failing to pay all his taxes. But he pleaded with the House to be "guided by fairness."

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    Rangel shortchanged the IRS for 17 years by failing to pay taxes on income from his rental unit in a Dominican Republic resort. He filed misleading financial disclosure reports for a decade, leaving out hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets he owned.

    He used congressional letterheads and staff to solicit donations for a monument to himself: a center named after him at City College of New York. The donors included businesses and their charitable foundations that had issues before Congress and, specifically, before the Ways and Means Committee.

    Rangel also set up a campaign office in the Harlem building where he lives, despite a lease specifying the unit was for residential use only.

    He has paid the Treasury $10,422 and New York state $4,501 to fulfill an ethics committee recommendation. The amounts were to cover taxes he would have owed on his villa income had the statute of limitations not run out on his tax bills.

    The last previous House censure was in 1983, when two members, Reps. Gerry E. Studds, D-Mass., and Daniel Crane, R-Ill., were disciplined for having sex with teenage pages. Nine House members have been reprimanded, the latest last year when Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. was punished for a breach of decorum.
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    Rangel was not charged with lining his pockets. But the ethics committee found that his violations went on for so long that the pattern of misconduct deserved a censure.
    House Votes to Censure Rangel for Ethics Violations - FoxNews.com

    The last minute pleas for a reprimand and his apology at the hearing didn't sway the vote. His posturing for the past months did not match the reaction today. There was even a vote to reprimand only, which failed.
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    Censure hell, he should be in jail. Didn't Wesley Snipes do far less? he was locked up. Why not this corrupt gas bag?


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    Re: House of Representatives House Votes to Censure Rangel for Ethics Violations Re

    and still he sits, right in the center of nancy's progressive caucus

    congrats, dems!

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    Re: House of Representatives House Votes to Censure Rangel for Ethics Violations Re

    Any Republican found guilty of as few as say 5 of these violations would have been deferred to the justice department.

    No wait, that's wrong I forgot this is the Obama, Holder let the black guy off era.

    If any Liberal in Congress who is guilty of any crime needs to quickly joint the New Black Panthers or publicly show that you're a Socialist/Marxist/Communist/Terrorist or follow Black Liberation Theology, and Obama Holder will grant you a pass, no matter what Federal Law you break.

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    Re: House of Representatives House Votes to Censure Rangel for Ethics Violations Re

    He has paid the Treasury $10,422 and New York state $4,501 to fulfill an ethics committee recommendation. The amounts were to cover taxes he would have owed on his villa income had the statute of limitations not run out on his tax bills.
    The statute of limitations never runs out when someone is evading taxes. So apparently the IRS has already cut him a break saying it wasn't evasion. Good luck if you or I decide not to report income...
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    Re: House of Representatives House Votes to Censure Rangel for Ethics Violations Re

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    and still he sits, right in the center of nancy's progressive caucus

    congrats, dems!
    I am sure that you also saw Nancy Pelosi's somber face while reading. I was surprised that she didn't cry although perhaps she was just holding back the tears.
    That was a complete farce. Thank you Dems. for being so soft on crime. Oi oi oi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Censure hell, he should be in jail. Didn't Wesley Snipes do far less? he was locked up. Why not this corrupt gas bag?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Crow View Post
    I bet that Wesley Snipes is one pissed off SOB right now
    To be fair, this isn't different from any other day in the life of Wesley Snipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    To be fair, this isn't different from any other day in the life of Wesley Snipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Crow View Post
    The law should be equal for everyone, it should be applied evenly.
    Quite frankly I'm comfortable with Wesley Snipes being treated more harshly than the rest of us.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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