June 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Past time for ethics committee to release findings on Rangel?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

What are they waiting for? It's been almost two years since the house ethics committee started investigating Congressman Charlie Rangel... and so far - nothing.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/07/art.rangel.jpg caption="Congressman Charlie Rangel"]
Meanwhile the 79-year-old New York lawmaker has filed for re-election. Rangel wants to run for his 21st term in the house; but first he has to win the Democratic party primary on September 14.

So will the ethics committee release its report before then? If they do... and if the report is damaging... Rangel could be toast. But, if they hold the report until after the election - chances are Rangel will win again. This could also raise political questions about the timing of the report.

As one Democrat tells Politico: "It would let everyone say that this is a cover up, that it's just the same old ethics system." And that's right on the money. Remember when the Democrats took control of the house in 2006? Nancy Pelosi promised they would "drain the swamp" after a decade of Republican rule. Sure.

The leaders of the ethics committee aren't commenting on the Rangel case. For his part, Rangel insists he's innocent - that no wrongdoing has been found. He says he gave up his powerful chairmanship of the ways and means committee so he wouldn't be a target for Republicans.

Nonetheless, Rangel is being investigated for a wide range of allegations - from using his chairmanship to raise money for a public service center that carries his name... to failing to pay taxes on income from a home in the Dominican Republic... to hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets and income on a financial disclosure form.

Here’s my question to you: Isn't it past time for the House Ethics Committee to release its findings on Congressman Charlie Rangel?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Lori in Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, Yes. Two years is more than enough time to investigate Congressman Charlie Rangel. The House Ethics Committee needs to release a report, or drop the investigation if they were unable to find evidence of wrongdoing.

Matt in Rockford, Illinois writes:
Of course it is but there is no motivation for them to "rat" each other out because they believe the voters are mindless robots and we will reelect them. I sure hope they are wrong about us.

Carolyn writes:
The results of Rangel's investigation will not be released until the elections are over. If what was found in the investigation was positive, it would have been released long ago, so that Mr. Rangel could resume his duties as the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. In politics, it is all about re-election. But isn't that our fault (the voters) because we keep reelecting the same people? Why would you vote for someone with this kind of investigation pending? His name is probably the only one that some voters recognize on the ballot, so they vote for him again and again.

Leslie writes:
Not only is it unethical for the ethics committee to withhold this information but it does not allow the public the ability to make an informed decision in the voting booth. My question is, how much money do these committees cost and why does it take two years to find out if he committed an ethics violation?

Robb writes:
Jack, Rangel is just one more example of why there should be term limits for ALL politicians. This crook has been in Washington for 20 terms. Enough is enough, Rangel should be in prison.

Larry in Ohio writes:
Jack, Looks like it is time for someone to look into the ethics of the ethics committee!

Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, I agree. Will they? NO. This administration and Congress made promises to the people about its ethics and transparency and they have not kept any.

    Other than you, where is the outrage in the media?

    June 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  2. John from Alabama

    Jack: The House of Representatives is never quick to screw one of its own. Charlie Rangel will get a slap on the wrist, and tld not to do it again. Now, if you really want to see slow look at the United States Senate. The House is a speeding bullet compared to the Senate.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Is there any timetable for reporting unethical conduct in Congress? Probably not, considering the frequency of rampant unethical conduct.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  4. Steve - Chula Vista, CA

    Well that would just show you how much "change" we have gotten.....None, it's politics as usual with the Democrats protecting their precious votes from Charlie Rangel. Makes it pretty hard to want to pay our taxes when Rangel and Geithner didn't bother paying theirs.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  5. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    Slick Charlie is perhaps the most connected man in Congress. One reason the ethics committee has not yet and probably won't release the report of Charlie is for just that reason. If Charlie goes down a whole lot of other influential Congressmen with go down with him. I don't see what the big deal is anyway. We all know that it takes dirty hands to make a decent Congressman who can get things done. The trick is not to trust any of them to begin with–that way you won't be disappointed.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  6. Hugo Kijne, Hoboken NJ

    It's not past time yet, but they'd better release their findings before the elections.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  7. Russ in PA

    Of course it is, but if his own constituents aren't going to boot him out, what is the chance that anyone else will?

    June 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  8. ben stockton, calif

    mr. rangel in my opinion has been there way too long and eventually all these fat cats get caught taking from the cookie jar. they need to be put out to pasture and at the same time, if foung guilty of indiscretions sentence them within the limits of the law. they think they are above the law and if you or i were to unlawfully do what they do we would end up in the slammer. lets get some ypung fresh minds in there for a change. its called term limits!!!!

    June 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  9. Tony from Southport

    Is there hypocracy here? Why are Democrats, especially minority Democrats, apparently free from criticism, aqusations, accountability and prosecution? Illegal is illegal and it's about time he answers for his acts.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  10. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    You mean he’s still here? I thought he was in jail – silly me.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  11. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    The ethics committee is nothing but a joke and a insult on the intelligence of the American voter. It's an election year and everyone knows that nothing will be released or revealed by the so called ethics committee, until after the election. This does not only happen in one party but both parties. This is why politicians are compared to used car salesman. It is a shame that a man such as Congressman Rangel who has served his country with honor in the Korean war has left himself fall victim to questionable acts.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  12. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    They don't want to lose that Democratic vote. Any one of us would either be in jail or having our wages garnished, but a politician goes on and keeps on raising our taxes and evading theirs. So much for "change" in Washington.....and Pelosi meant Republicans only would be held accountable.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  13. David Gerstenfeld

    Why, did congress misplace their broom that usually sweeps ethics violations under the rug ??

    David, Las Vegas

    June 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  14. bob z fr ,pa.

    jack don't you know that was swept under the rug

    June 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  15. Jimmy - Houston, TX

    It's past time for the voters to rid the swamp of career politicians and crooks by voting them out of office. Rangel should be banned from running and anyone who votes for him should have their voter registration revoked. Enough is enough with the politicians having NO standards. Democrats who stand is support of Rangel should be removed as well...they don't care about justice, they only care about that vote.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  16. Loren, Chicago

    Congress is a culture of cronyism and Rangel quite probably knows where enough bodies are buried to delay release until after the election.

    Yes, it is past time for the House Ethics Committee to release its report, but doing so would probably indict all sitting members of Congress, and none of them want to give more fuel to the fire that is the Tea Party. My view: VOTE THEM ALL OUT.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  17. Peg from N.Y.

    That train left the station.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  18. Chandra, Las Vegas

    The voters wanted change in Washington....too bad this isn't the change we were promised and voted for. This is worse than politics as usual, politicians have got an attitude that they don't have to play by the same rules as the little guy. Pretty hard to warm up to paying my taxes when Rangel and Geithner don't pay theirs.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  19. Greg, Ontario

    If they don't have the evidence ready Jack they can't charge him. Also if they can't prove their alligations they have to say so or it is defamation if he should lose the election. Isn't the right to a speedy trial by your peers a constitutional thing?

    June 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  20. Eric - Houston

    Absolutely not! If the Ethics Committee issued its reports in a timely manner such that the voters could make informed decisions rather than in a manner as to benefit powerful incumbents, this show of public accountability might confuse the public as to how little the congress cares about its constituents, ethics and public service.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  21. Steve, NY

    All this tells me that whatever party controls Congress, controls the power for illegal activity. Today it's the Democrats that are in power and they will control all the unethical/criminal activity to their benefit. Bottom line get rid of all the Democrats in November. If no improvement takes place in 2 years, vote out all the incumbents in power then, until they all get the message. Simple as that.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  22. Richard McKinney, Texas

    It is way past time Jack but they won't release anything until after the election. Mr. Rangel has been involved in some fantastic shell game manipulation of assets that they don't want us to find out about. All the democrats are concerned with is keeping him in his seat which is just sad. When I say sad Jack what I am implying is that if the best the democrats have to offer is Mr. Rangel then we are all in deep do do for the next four years.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  23. Chad from Los Angeles

    Isn't there a standard time frame for these investigations? For example, how about requiring completion of all ethics investigations before the politician is up for re-election, so we don't potentially vote in an unethical politician? Problem Solved!

    June 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  24. JENNA

    Isn't it past time for the House Ethics Committee to release its findings on Congressman Charlie Rangel?

    I'm still waiting for the House Ethics Committee to release its findings on former Congressman John Doolittle, he was investigated for YEARS before he stepped down and nothing ever came from it. Or how about Senator John Ensign? When can we expect news on that investigation?

    Why are you only harping on the Democrat Jack?

    Roseville CA

    June 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  25. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,looks like it is time for some one to look into the ethics of the ethics committee!

    June 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  26. Matt Toohey

    Of course it is but there is no motivation for them to "rat" each other out because they believe the voters are mindless robots and we will reelect them. I sure hope they are wrong about us.

    Rockford, IL

    June 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  27. naqibham

    ethics and democrats...

    HA... you're kidding right

    June 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  28. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    This only matters if his constituents will vote him out of office if the findings are bad. If there is no chance of that happening, than I would say it does not matter.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  29. Joanne

    Jack, It is past due for 75% of those in Congress to be removed.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  30. Herman Portland, OR

    The power that the democrats have has them all boozed up. They are failing to address any issues that may cast a poor vision of them. The problem is corruption just keep popping up. The promises are short lived or are never brought up. This is why the American people are so disappointed with Washington- nouthing but broken promises.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  31. Bill in TX

    Do you really think Rangel comes to anything?


    Billions to CEOs and BP paying millions for ads.

    Sorry, Jack you are looking up the wrong tree.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  32. Mr D

    Speaking of "draining the swamp", Rangel is the largest thing in it. He should have been "drained" out of politics long ago. He is a classic example of long term politicians that have over stayed their welcome many, many years ago. A complete bag of wind that represents what's wrong with our present government:: we are above reproach, and the electorate be dammed."

    June 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  33. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Politics as usual. Washington is rife with corruption, cronyism and pandering to the big money, and this guy is Exhibit A. You really need to check the ethics of those in NY who continue to vote for him. The biggest part of the probelm is people like Pelosi, Rangel and Reid take advantage every person in this country, but they only people with the power to fix the problem ignore their reponsiblities. We all agree Congress is filled with worthless bureaucrats, but we all think ours is the exception.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  34. Lori - PA


    Yes. Two years is more than enough time to investigate Congressman Charlie Rangel. The House Ethics Committee needs to release a report, or drop the investigation if they were unable to find evidence of wrongdoing.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  35. Tina Tx

    Gee I am still waiting for the Democrats to pursue Bush & Cheney one war crimes and looks like I have to wait. There is no hurry in the world of politicans, is there?

    June 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  36. Brian, Grambling, LA

    I thought it's past time for them to do something about John Ensign.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  37. Janne from NC

    nancy pelosi will never let that report be made public before or after the election. This is just another example of all that hope and change we were promised. I wonder if Pelosi and gang have enough sense to realize that we dumb voters hold the president accountable for all the swamp water in his party. So by holding out that report and making it look like a cover up she is just hurting Obama.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  38. Dennis north Carolina

    Yes it is time, but you know that the good old boys take care of their own. Keep electing them to more than two terms.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  39. Solitude

    "Situations and Pastimes! Is that a game of some kind? I know CNN hate the truth...

    June 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  40. Kathie

    long past time for the open, transparent government with accountability that Obama promised and say good-bye to the good old boy's club.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  41. kent, nj

    All these clowns in washington are liars and unethical phonies. You can't expect ethics from a group of unethical politicians who sit back and collect money from k street, and big corporations while the country is falling apart around them. The only solution is to vote them all out. Obama and the dems promised change and all we got was more lobbyists, more wars, more corporate welfare, more pollution, more tax breaks for billionaire hedge fund managers, and more debt.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  42. Ken in New Baltimore

    They ain't gonna find him quilty. If they do he'll scream racism and Jesse Jackson will come to his rescue. For me a cheat is a cheat, a crook is a crook, red, white, yellow, black or brown. I've been over the race card issue for over 55 years.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  43. BILL, WI

    This only shows the Democrats have one thing in common with the Republicans. If their lips are moving it's a lie.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  44. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    Absolutely – let the truth come to light. Whether it proves him innocent or guilty, those voting have a right to know.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  45. Bob Composto

    I believe that Charlie Ragel is as crooked as 90% of the politicians in Washington. They truely belive that they are above the law and that the laws of the land only apply to us the American citizens but do not apply to them. They are all arrogant bobble headed puppets who are controled by the money and power elite and do exactly as they are told. There is so much corruption in Washington and everyone has skeletons in their closets that no one is willing to press the issue afraid that they will be next. The ethics committee is a joke, they have had 2 years to investigate and they will drag it out so hopefully the American public will forget all about it. But the Democrats are going to be in for a huge surprise come November 2010.
    Elmira NY

    June 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  46. Gigi Oregon

    Maybe they are having a hard time pining anything on him.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  47. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    Can the ethics committee be held accountable for not behaving ethically?

    June 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  48. Pete from Georgia

    Rangel is the ABSOLUTE epitome of political SLEAZE in America today. It just doesn't come any worse. It would take a team of interns and government staff menbers years to uncover the trail of corruption on this "elected official". We would have to increase the size of an already obese government,................ and for what ? To implicate the dozens who are pretending to discover something ??


    June 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  49. bud rupert

    Leave my man alone! it won't be too long and he'll retire on his on accord.

    Excuse the flip comment Jack but I believe if Charlie was not so well liked and respected on both sides of the isle he would have been forced out sometime ago. But you don't hear the typical "he's got to go" chatter on the hill.

    My sense is that the R's and the D's are wishing that the issue will just dry up and go away.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  50. katiec Pekin, IL

    Well, Jack, with all the important problems and diasters going on in our country, leave it to you to dig up something so you can, once again, spread negativity about any Democrat and the Democratic party. I would think you would be more concerned about many other issues, involving both parties, But, that was the Jack of yesteryear.
    As stated previously, you would fit in much better with Fox, as you
    have become another radical for the right.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  51. in Woodstock GA

    Well, yes, is IT past time for the committee to report on its findings.

    Not only for the reason that maybe there was wrongdoing, but there also might NOT have been wrongdoing, and as long as the shadow of wrongdoing hangs over Rangel's head, it could sway the election one way or another. And if he is GUILTY, that's too bad. But if he turns out to NOT be guilty, that is even worse.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  52. Leslie

    This is just another example on how our government is broken. The kings and queens of Washington are once again protecting themselves from the big bad public that voted them into office. Not only is it unethical for the ethics committee to withhold this information but it does not allow the public the ability to make an informed decision in the voting booth. My question is, how much money do these committees cost and why does it take two years to find out if he committed a ethics violation?

    June 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  53. Jonathan Hart- Canada

    Well its pretty obvious what should be done with Rangel... to pay back society, he has to lead a committee to "deal" with the Federal debt load, just in the same "aggressive" manner as he did with his own personal finances... good for the country, good for Rangel.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  54. Carolyn

    The results of the Charlie Rangel's investigation will not be released until the elections are over.

    If what was found in the investigation was positive, it would have been released long ago, so that Mr Rangel could resume his duties as the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

    In politics, it is all about reelection, but isn't that our fault (the voters) because we keep reelecting the same people.

    Why would you vote for someone with this kind of investigation pending? His name is probably the only one that some voters recognize on the ballot, so they vote for him again and again.

    Allentown Pa

    June 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  55. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, NOT going to happen, Buddy! Pelosi will hide anything that would damage Rangel's chances of re-election until after the election in order to ensure the best chance of retaining the seat for the Democrats. Once Bro Charlie is re-elected, they can let the news out, he resigns and the state appoints a Democrat to fill the spot for the next 2 years. Politics as usual!!

    June 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  56. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Make the Ethics report public so the people know what Rangle did before they vote for him again. At 79 it is time to retire anyway.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  57. pat in michigan

    Jack that is the most naive question yet. Of course it is past time but how can a politician in Washinton D.C. Claim to be on an Ethics Commitee When by their very nature they themselves are unethical.They Are politiciansJack.That is no place for ethics.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  58. sharon/texas

    jack, the ethics committee would "have to drain the swamp" to find the report on Charlie Rangel because it's right there at the bottom with him..Pelosi will never let the findings be made public for fear of angering the CBC,better to lie about it not being done then tell the truth to the American taxpayers..

    June 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  59. riley oday

    Yes its time to release the findings. When did they start doing what is proper, correct ,or right ? In D.C. it never changes and never will change.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  60. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, the way I see it, the House Ethics Committee (and I use the term "Ethics" with tongue in cheek), is delaying its findings on 79 year old Rangel is in the hope he may die of old age before they're forced to do so. After all, as you point out, it's been over 2 years since they started this "circle the wagons" charade and finding one of their own guilty of malfeasance or other nefarious activity, would paint them all with a bad brush. (I think it's called "guilt by association"). Adn, Heaven forbid these clowns be viewed in such a light.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  61. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    It is NOT past time for the House Ethics Committee
    to release its findings on Congressman Charlie Rangel,
    because people must always be taken accountable for their mistakes!

    Jurgen R. Brul

    June 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  62. Albert R. Killackey, Esq. in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, since January when the Roberts Court endowed corporations with the unalienable right of Free Speech, endowed in people by their Creator, whatever fuzzy line now separates an ethical violation, such as accepting cash bribes, from having a stimulating and enriching conversation with a constituent like a corporation logo who speaks only with cash, pretty much makes any dated ethics probe moot.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  63. Michael in Phoenix

    They protect their own.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  64. Annie, Atlanta

    Personally I’d like to see all the crooks tossed, but if some can stay, why not others. If Republican criminals like Senators Vitter and Ensign face no consequences, why should Democrat Congressman Charles Rangel? Or is it only ok if you’re a Republican?

    June 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  65. Greg H - Minneapolis

    The only reason they are dragging their feet on this is that it is a Democrat being "investigated." Where a Republican would quickly be hounded out of office on mere suspicion, when it comes to Democrat Rangel every t must be crossed and every i dotted. And by dragging this out, they are hoping that the voters forget about it. Look for the investigation to miraculously be completed sometime in mid-November, well past the elections that the Democrat party leadership is hoping will return Rangel to his House seat.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  66. Scott Stodden

    Absolutley its past time Jack and as much as I support and love Charlie Rangel for all he's done its time that he answer for all the allegations he's being accused of but we all know how Washington is right Jack? Politics as usual! We all know they are waiting to release the reports until after September! Hey Charlie you do the crime you should do the time just like every regular American citizen!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    June 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |

    Jack, as soon as the house ethics committee was finished investigating, they were obligated to release the findings, good or bad. democrate dirty pool plain and simple. Every incumbent who has been elected more than three times needs to be thrown out of office. absolute power corrupts absolutly. As for Rangle - trial, jail time then the nursing home so he can disappear forever, and so deservedly. He is a criminal.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  68. Maria

    The Ethics Committee is, in itself, an oxymoron. There are no ethics to investigate because everyone is unethical. I really believe that...sadly.

    Rangel has been crooked for as long as a kid waiting for braces without any dental coverage for payment.

    Get it done, and get it done now. He does not belong in our government.



    June 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  69. Dan, Chantilly VA

    My guess would be that every time they're ready to release their findings he commits another violation and they have to reopen the case. The better question is what in the world are his constituents thinking when they vote him back in time and again? We can sit here and complain all day about how corrupt these politicians are, but it's not their fault they keep getting votes. It's high time we stopped blaming only the fox and started looking at the people who put it in the hen-house.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  70. Linda in Arizona

    Oh, I suppose. It's about 5000th on my list of priorities.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  71. Ken in NC

    No Jack. Be quiet so people will forget about it. If they release their findings he will have to retire and GOD forbib a Democrat should have to retire.

    Bust him Jack.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  72. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    Yes it is Jack. But then again change I could believe in stopped on inauguration day when Obama failed to have Bush and Cheney arrested, and allowed them to fly away in a helicopter to thousands of single finger salutes

    June 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  73. thom richer

    If findings have been determined by the House Ethics Committee then they should be made public immediately on Rangel and anyone else having been investigated. These are PUBLIC officials elected by the citizens of America and their actions are accountable to the citizens. The House Ethics Committee are also public officials and nothing can be withheld from the citizens for any reason...political or personal. We have a right to know...they have an obligation to inform. Disclosure should be immediate, complete and candid.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  74. Robb

    Jack, Rangel Is just one more example of why there should be term limits for ALL politicians. This crook has been in Washington for 21 terms
    Enough is enough, Rangel should be in prison.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  75. b smith

    I think Rangel should run,he did not do anythink wrong.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  76. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, not only is it past time for the committee to release something on Rep. Rangel, but it's past time for the committee to start doing it's job, period.
    Plus, it's time for the committee to get some teeth! Instead of just releasing a finding, they should have the authority to fire anyone they can investigate, and they should be able to strip them of any benefits of the office.
    Then it would be fun to see how many illustrious members of the House and Senate suddenly find that they need to spend more time with their families.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  77. R.J. Johnson

    Jack, its called "a contradiction in terms." And I don't think that last statement was an oxymoron.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  78. Harry Lime

    It doesn't matter if they release their findings. Even if they are full of devastating negative evidence, Rangel wins the primary and therefore wins the general election.


    June 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  79. Theodore R. Wade Jr.

    Yes! Absolutely. And while you are going after his taxes due on income from the Bahamas, go after General Electric for the 11 Billion Dollars that they paid no taxes on, and Bank of America for the 4 Billion Dollars that they paid no taxes on. Rangel is peanuts compared to our major corporations that fail to pay their fair share while our children are dieing to defend and protect them.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  80. Jim Blevins

    Thanks for reminding us. Makes you wonder if they hope that we will have forgotten by the time they produce the report.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  81. southerncousin

    Doncha just love the moral equivalency answers so many of the liberals provide in their responses. That is why they stand out in the hypocrite world. Hey tards, we are talking about Charlie Rangel, not Bush, not Ensign, not Doolittle (who ever he is?) and we are talking about what was supposed to be the most ethical congress in history according to the promises of Ms. Pelosi. If we want to talk about other ethical slimeballs, we can also talk about Schumer, Sestak, Romanoff, Murtha, the CBC and a whole host of others.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  82. John Port Orchard, WA.

    Huh?? You mean to say that a report has not been released??? I'm shocked – shocked I tell you.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  83. Kenneth in the High Desert town of Pinon Hills, California

    Big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001. Who attended, and the subject has been kept secret to this day. So important it went all the way to the Supreme Court to keep that information away the public.
    Rangel's ethics can't come close to the unethical behavior of Cheney and friends. Ask any Pelican.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  84. noreen salter

    Isn't it odd that the investagation on Palin was put to a hault when she was running for Vice President and then she quit her governer's job. All forgotten. Double standared. Maybe they should reopen the problems with the republicans too and see how much is hiding.They only dwell on who is in office.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  85. Olga O. Pina

    Once wild animals taste blood, it is very difficult to train them otherwise.

    Charlie Rangel (pronounced Ran-hell) needs to be brought to justice, but it takes so long for investigations and reports being released that those who are responsible for the release of these reports hope it all will go away.

    Justice sometimes means 'just us'...


    June 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  86. Pete D'Onofrio

    I loved your picture of Rangel on your blog – all that was missing were the horns! This is so pathetic that it's sickening! This is a perfect example of what political parties get you, and as a longtime independent, I'm really sharpening my axe for next November and the ones after that. You can't believe anything these bastards that are currently in office say!

    June 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  87. James K Chambliss Destin, FL. USA

    Apparently, they're protecting the wrong kind of swamp.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  88. Rich Bone


    So Nancy says they are going to drain the swamp. Its kinda hard to remember that your primary goal is to drain the swamp when you are up to your neck (and/or other body parts) in alligators.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  89. Simon/Orlando

    Way past. He's another congressman that thinks our laws don't apply to him. He's a tax cheat. Any normal citizen would already be in jail.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  90. Ralph Spyer

    On the same day that Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president January 20,1981 Iran released the American hostages it been holding in our embassy there for 444 days. Coincidental ? Charles Rangel on Ethics let look in his refrigerator.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  91. Allen in Minnesota

    Washington – ethics – now that's a oxymoron if I ever heard one.
    Just imagine how few elected officials would serve two terms if ethics committees moved as fast as congress did to bail out big banks.
    Ethics in Washington is like Charlie Brown said about wetting you
    pants in a dark suit , it's a warm feeling but nobody notices.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  92. barbara in NC

    Rangel needs to be retired-Much like Helen Thomas was.

    Now – can someone take W's public admission of waterboarding and start the prosecution of him and Cheney? There isn't even an article in the news – nothing Sunday – no vets complaining. What has happened to journalists?

    June 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  93. Raoul

    Jack, while you worry about Rep. Rangel's tax shelter, I'll loose sleep over the mismanagement of the Iraq War. How we've let the reasons for the Iraq War slip by our government is much more disturbing than any silly tax problem. Even if Rangel robbed the bank, I haven't heard of any lives put in danger. How no one is rotting in prison over the Iraq War makes dusty Congressmen look pretty worthless. Maybe you should be asking why we only seem to remember our military when we need them.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  94. Terry Crowe

    How can you require ethics from someone when you none yourself?

    June 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  95. lynnej from nc

    Yep, they should release it and let the chips fall where they may.

    Either way, it is a mess because if they don't release it until after the election, people will cry cover up. If they do release it prior and it is damaging, his people will whine that it was racially motivated. It is up to his constituents of whether or not they want him or not.

    Honestly, I think he needs to step aside and let someone else hold the seat and represent the people of NY.

    Federally mandated term limits of 2 terms each anyone?

    June 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  96. Jeremy D from Michigan

    Just more of the same old "circling the wagons" and double-standard politics.

    It'll happen just like you wrote. It will be talked about for a few days, and it will suddenly disappear into the horizon.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  97. Nancy M., Tennessee

    Many have resigned, not run for re-election, and shook in their boots when the Ethics Committee started their investigation. Not Charlie. He has stayed in there almost like a dare. Maybe it's time for someone to investigate the Ethics Committee on their work ethics.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  98. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Term limits, term limits, term limits. Problem solved. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  99. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's never too late to use the Rangel findings as a distraction for the Republican party. The Democrats are just waiting for the Republicans to take the bait first.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  100. Joe/Overland Park Ks.

    JJack Look at it this way. If all the crooks were run out of congress they would draw that big retirement check (sine higher than they make now) and we would have to elect another crook/polition/public servant so actually it costs the taxpayers less to just keep them in there. This will keep your blood pressure lower.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  101. Claire, Melbourne FL

    Are you kidding Jack? I'm still waiting for them to investigate Cheney and his secret oil company meetings in 2001, where Cheney picked up a cool $34 Million. Charlie Rangel is small potatoes compared with Cheney, Abramoff, Kenny-Boy Lay and the bribery billions our "honest and good Christian" Republicans threw away in Iraq.

    June 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm |