Ethics Committee Says House Should Censure Rangel

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Ethics committee says House should censure RangelThe House ethics committee's chief counsel has recommended that Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) be censured.

According to ABC News, chief counsel Blake Chisman suggested that House members should vote to censure, or officially reprimand, Rangel for his alleged involvement in improper financial and fundraising conduct. On Nov. 16, an eight-member subcommittee panel found Rangel guilty of 11 counts of ethics violations, which included soliciting millions of dollars in donations.

A censure is a formal statement of disapproval, and it is the highest form of punishment from Congress besides an expulsion. Chisam said Rangel "brought discredit" upon the House and his actions "served to undermine public confidence in this institution," the news provider reports.

Earlier, the nonpartisan watchdog group Judicial Watch had called for the expulsion of Rangel. Its president, Tom Fitton, recently said that if the ethics committee does not recommend Rangel's removal from Congress, then the House should act on its own to expel him.

"There can be no justice for Charlie Rangel without a serious punishment for his unapologetic violations of law and ethics rules," said Fitton. "Rangel deserves more than a mere slap on the wrist."

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