Poor Charlie Rangel

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He’s only had 2 years to prepare for his ethics trial but he couldn’t figure out how to have an attorney present with him this morning as the trial began. He argued with the ethics committee chairwoman, Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California as the hearing opened. He asserted he was “entitled to a lawyer” while Lofgren responded that he had had ample opportunity to prepare for his legal defense and had not been prevented from acquiring legal counsel. Rangel “parted ways” with his previous attorneys in October.

Before he stomped out of the proceedings, he did admit it would be “very, very unwise” to represent himself.

He then released a statement complaining about his “unfair” treatment:

“I hope that my colleagues in Congress, friends, constituents and anyone paying attention will consider my statement and how the committee has been unfair to me. They can do what they will with me because they have the power and I have no real chance of fighting back.”

Rep Lofgren announced this afternoon that “there is no genuine issue” or dispute over the facts in the case. She also closed the committee – composed of 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats – to discuss each of the 13 counts against Rangel. Those deliberations could take hours to days.

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6 Responses to “Poor Charlie Rangel”

  1. Mark Steele Says:

    I love your “drain the swamp” tag on this posting!

  2. The Writer Says:

    When I saw the news about the “hearing” this morning, i knew it was just a matter of time before you weighed in. Thanks for it.

    My thoughts on Rangel? What a whiner. He’s got the dough–why not just pay for the representation? Why does it have to be fundraised? Yet another politician we don’t need making decisions about the public trust.

  3. hollyonthehill Says:

    Ha. I actually had the word “whiner” in the post, but removed it. Instead, I said he complained about his unfair treatment….Do you remember his excuses for the ethics violations? It’s not that bad and other people are doing it too.

  4. hollyonthehill Says:

    @Mark – thanks! The American people did an awful lot of draining of the swamp two weeks ago. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get ’em all…..

  5. The Writer Says:

    Yeah, I do. Seriously, how do people with that kind of power, influence, and perqs get away with thinking they can whine about “unfair treatment” in any situation? He’s had the best America can offer, and he blew it by cheating. Stick it to him, I say!

  6. reffaree Says:

    One Crook Down, MANY TO GO. Next stop on the Ethics Violation Train, Maxine Waters. WE THE PEOPLE want an ethical functioning Federal Government. One that is responsive to its constituents and that can make real change to better our chances of living the American dream: one of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. We cannot get these things if the game is being played by crooked individuals who believe the rules DO NOT APPLY TO THEM. WE MUST CLEAN UP THE MESS IN DC before the resuilts are felt outside of the Beltway. HOLLY, We the People appreciate the work you do and to provide us this forum to express our ideas. Thank you Holly.

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