Following a near two-year investigation, a House subcommittee announced last week that it will publicly try Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) for multiple ethics violations.
Several media outlets are reporting that the ethics committee decided to move forward with the trial after negotiations to settle the case privately had fallen apart. A source close to Rangel told The Washington Post that the embattled congressman could have avoided the trial had he accepted the charges and publicly apologized for any wrongdoings.
While the committee said it would not detail the specific charges against Rangel until today, many believe they will revolve around his alleged failure to pay taxes on undisclosed personal assets and his attempts to raise money for a private building named in his honor using congressional stationary.
Furthermore, Rangel was stripped of his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee in March after the ethics committee ruled that he knowingly accepted two trips to the Caribbean that were paid for by private interests.
With the GOP calling for his resignation, Rangel held firm, stating the he welcomes the trial and the opportunity to clear his name, CBS News reports.
"This couldn’t have happened at a better time for me, whatever it is, because it gives me an opportunity to respond to my friends and constituents that have been supporting me for close to 40 years," he said.