House Panel Accuses Rangel of Ethics Violations
A separate panel begins a trial later this month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2010 3:52 PM CDT
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – A House investigative committee has charged Rep. Charlie Rangel, the former chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, with ethics violations. The panel's actions sends the case to a trial on the allegations. A separate ethics panel will decide whether the alleged violations can be proved by clear, convincing evidence, with its first meeting set for July 29.

Rangel, first elected in 1970, is one of the most influential black lawmakers in Congress. He led the committee until he stepped aside last March after the ethics committee criticized him in a separate case. (See that summary here.) Sources said the committee and Rangel's attorney attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate a settlement. Among the sources of trouble: Rangel has admitted that he failed to pay taxes on a Dominican Republic villa.