News / USA

US Congressman Rangel Ethics Trial Under Way

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, appears on Capitol Hill in Washington, 15 Nov. 2010 before his ethics trial.
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, appears on Capitol Hill in Washington, 15 Nov. 2010 before his ethics trial.

U.S. Representative Charles Rangel has appeared at the opening of his ethics trial, where four of his fellow Democrats and four Republican members of Congress are weighing whether he violated ethics and federal regulations.

In his opening statement, Rangel said he has no lawyer and no funding to get one.  He said he has put $2 million into legal counsel already and has been advised that moving forward with the trial would cost him at least $1 million more.  He left the room after his statement.

The head of the panel, California Democrat Zoe Lofgren, said the lawmakers were advised Rangel's lawyers withdrew their services a month ago.

The panel denied Rangel's request for a delay in the trial until he could get a lawyer, and then continued the proceedings without the New York Democrat.

Lawmakers in July charged Rangel with 13 violations of ethics and federal regulations, including that he failed to pay taxes on a home in the Dominican Republic.  He also is accused of failing to report income and improperly soliciting donations.

The 80-year-old lawmaker is the most senior of New York's congressional delegation.  He has served in the House for almost 40 years.

Rangel has been accused in the past of ethics violations that include financial improprieties and fundraising irregularities.  The congressman blamed those problems on sloppy bookkeeping.

In March, he stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee as the House Ethics Committee carried out a probe of his finances.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

You May Like

South Korea Divided on Response to North’s Cyber Attack

In past five years, officials in Seoul have accused Pyongyang of hacking into banks, government websites, causing chaos and inflicting millions of dollars in damages More

Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Bentiu

Residents have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy, but planning for the future remains uncertain as fear of attacks looms More

2015 Could Be Watershed for Syria Conflict

Republican control of US Senate in January could lead to more aggressive policy against IS militants in Syria - and against regime of Bashar al-Assad More

This forum has been closed.
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Jane Monheit Christmas Speciali
December 22, 2014 8:15 PM
Chanteuse Jane Monheit sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and explains why it’s her favorite song of the season.

Video Jane Monheit Christmas Special

Chanteuse Jane Monheit sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and explains why it’s her favorite song of the season.

Video Trade Talks Could Heat Up in 2015

With boosting trade a top priority for the Obama administration, 2015 may be the year that an agreement is finally reached on the Trans Pacific Partnership. But the trade deal, which is intended to boost trade between 12 Pacific countries, faces opposition as VOA's Jim Randle reports.

Video Ugandan Doctors Aid Victims of Sudan's Civil War

In Sudan's state of South Kordofan, the number of amputees as result of civil war is in the thousands, but few have access to sufficient medical help. Adam Bailes recently visited the area and says a small team of Ugandan doctors has been providing remote help, producing new prosthetic limbs for those in need.

Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiu

Six months ago, Bentiu was a ghost town. The capital of northern Unity State, near South Sudan’s important oil fields, had changed hands several times in fighting between government forces and rebels. Calm returned in November and since then, residents of Bentiu have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy. Bentiu’s market has reopened there are plans to start school again. But fears of new attacks hang heavy, as Benno Muchler reports from Bentiu.

Video US Business Groups Press for Greater Access to Cuba

President Barack Obama's decision to do all he can to ease restrictions on U.S. trade, travel and financial activities with Cuba has drawn criticism from some conservatives and Republicans. People who bring tourists to the island and farmers who want to sell more food to Cuba, however, think they can do a lot more business with Cuba. VOA's Jim Randle reports.

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school

All About America