During a 37-minute unscripted speech, a defiant Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) told his colleagues that he would not resign and demanded that the House ethics committee resolve his case before the November elections.
While Rangel apologized to his fellow members of the House for any embarrassment that he may be causing them at such an inopportune time, he also said combatively that the only way he will leave Congress is through expulsion.
"If it is the judgment of people here, for whatever reason, that I resign, then heck, have the ethics committee expedite this," Rangel told his colleagues on the House floor. "Don’t leave me swinging in the wind until November."
"If I can’t get my dignity back here, then fire your best shot in getting rid of me through expulsion," he added.
Although Rangel did admit to making honest mistakes that were filled with "good intentions," he again denied allegations of corruption.
The 40-year veteran of Congress ended his emotional and somewhat unfocused speech by denying rumors that President Obama is pushing for his resignation, Reuters reports.
Earlier in the week, Obama referred to Rangel’s case as "very troubling," and added that he hopes the New York Democrat will end his career "with dignity."