Today’s House ethics hearing for Rep. Charles Rangel is continuing despite the New York Democrat’s decision to walk out in the middle of the hearing.
Rangel, who faces 13 charges of ethical violations, had parted ways with his legal team and said in today’s hearing that he cannot afford a lawyer and was “not being treated fairly.” The House ethics committee denied his request to delay the proceedings to give him time to raise money for his defense. Talking Points Memo has video of his walkout:
Rep. Rangel, as we’ve noted, is accused of illegally using rent-stabilized apartments as his campaign office, improperly soliciting funds for an endowment in his honor, and failing to pay taxes on income he earned from renting out his villa in the Dominican Republic.
This public ethics trial, which comes after two years of investigation, is a rare event—the last ethics trial in the House was in 2002. Another trial is scheduled for Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, on November 29.
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