Ex-House chair Rangel accused of ethics violations

WASHINGTON (BestGrowthStock) – A congressional investigative panel on Thursday accused Democratic U.S. Representative Charles Rangel, former chairman of a powerful tax-writing committee, with undisclosed ethics violations.

The House of Representatives ethics committee announced the action, clearing the way for a separate panel to determine if the accusations can be proved.

Rangel stepped down under pressure in March as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee after the ethics panel, in a separate case, admonished him for corporate-sponsored trips in 2007 and 2008 in violation of the chamber’s gift rules.

The ethics committee — three Democrats and three Republicans — has been examining for nearly two years a number of other matters involving Rangel, including his use of a rent-controlled apartment and his fund-raising for the Charles Rangel Center for Public Service in New York.

Rangel, 79, who had been a key player in President Barack Obama’s overhaul of U.S. healthcare, has rejected calls to step down and is running for re-election in New York to a 21st two-year term.

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(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Ex-House chair Rangel accused of ethics violations