The Associated Press is reporting today that Representative Charlie Rangel, who the House Ethics Committee recently decided to censure for his ethics violations, will argue that he does not deserve censure and ask the House to reconsider his punishment.
According to the AP:
The 80-year-old Democrat from New York’s Harlem neighborhood wants his punishment for ethics violations downgraded to a reprimand, according to congressional and nongovernment sources who are in touch with Rangel but are not authorized to be quoted by name.
Rangel will ask the House ethics committee chairman, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., for time to plead his case on the floor of the House, where he has served for 40 years, including a stint as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
Rangel will argue that his punishment is too harsh for his violations, and that censure, the harshest form of punishment, is usually reserved for bribery, accepting improper gifts, personal use of campaign funds and sexual misconduct — none of which Rangel committed. However, he faces an uphill battle getting the House Ethics Committee to reconsider their decision.
Watch Rep. Rangel refuse to participate in his Ethics Hearing on Nov 15th below:
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