May 23, 2013
Rangel Defends His Honor in House Hearing (Video)
Posted on Nov 18, 2010
By the time Rep. Jo Bonner, the top-ranking Republican on the House ethics committee, was halfway through his commentary about the alleged wrongdoings of veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel (at right), it was clear that what was at issue was more than Rangel’s activities. Rather, his character was being called into question, as well as his “honor,” as Bonner put it. So old-timey!
After a brief nod to Rangel’s four-decade congressional career and distinguished military service, Bonner pressed the onslaught, lamenting that the ethics committee’s findings weren’t made public before the Nov. 2 elections and giving the committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, his final judgment:
For his part, Rangel appeared cautious and contrite while defending himself following Bonner’s indictment, calling on his “friend” and colleague Rep. John Lewis to speak for him—but not before he used the old lawyerly trick of saying he wasn’t going to say something and then saying it anyway. “I have brought my friend here, John Lewis, because I wanted him to share who I was,” Rangel said. “I felt awkward in giving self-serving statements as to how I’ve dedicated my life to my country and to this Congress and to my community.”
Despite this very public spankfest, and in spite of Bonner’s barrage, Rep. Rangel isn’t going to lose the seat he’s occupied on behalf of Harlem for 40 years. As of Thursday afternoon, the exact form that his recommended censure would take was still undecided. —KA
Video of Bonner and Rangel follows excerpt below.
Rep. Rangel responds:
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