Rangel: Deal or No Deal?
He's accused of 13 House ethics violations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2010 1:28 PM CDT
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., leaves his office to go to a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Charlie Rangel may have reached a deal to end the ethics investigation against him—or not. Both the Wall Street Journal and WCBS say his lawyers struck some kind of last-minute agreement, but that didn't stop a House investigatory panel from conducting a short "organizational" public hearing today at which it ticked off 13 alleged ethical violations.

The charges include allegations that Rangel failed to report rental income on vacation property in the Dominican Republic and over the course of nearly a decade failed to report more than $600,000 on his financial disclosure statements. The Journal calls the deal
"tentative," which is why the panel went ahead with the hearing.