Rangel Could Have Skated With Reprimand

He rejected offer, though he may get another chance
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2010 12:02 PM CDT
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks to the media Thursday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – As Charlie Rangel's case continues its high-profile path, this much is clear: He could have avoided this public trial phase by agreeing to receive a relatively modest reprimand. That's what a House panel recommended, but Rangel rejected the settlement offer over disagreements on just how much wrongdoing he would admit, reports the New York Times. Still, it's possible this could end before the trial gets truly under way—the full House ethics committee reportedly spent most of yesterday discussing another settlement offer.

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