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The house ethics committee this week charge in New York congressman and former house ways and means chairman Charlie Rangel with thirteen violations including.
Failing to report rental income from a vacation property.
In the Dominican Republic using a rent stabilized apartment.
In Manhattan for his campaign office and improperly soliciting donations from corporate officials and lobbyists for the Charles B Rangel.
Public policy center in New York.
Joining the panel this week Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor -- -- anger columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady and Washington columnist.
-- strap muscles so -- Starting with you John -- awards in New York Post columnist this week wrote that these charges against -- aren't really all that big a deal kind of small stuff business as usual.
You see it that way.
-- I didn't that this is not graft or corruption on a huge scale.
But in -- way this is almost worse for Democrats what they are.
You did not all the party could say look this is an isolated case of one guy doing something wrong.
But -- what these violations are emblematic of everything that the public dislikes about congress -- offensive.
It's it's a sense of arrogance the idea that congress doesn't play by the same rules -- everyone else and a great example of is is so rattling come from.
From his holiday home in the Dominican Republic if -- anyone else had not reported that income.
The IRS would be there -- activation have been thrown in jail probably -- but this -- happening again.
Particularly as saying that this is business as usual for congress is that it and that's because -- if that's true -- is this really fair to single out Charlie Rangel.
I think there's a perception.
Out there and America this is business as usual in congress maybe not to the degree.
Rangel and I think that these these alleged violations didn't read them are.
Long list of things of wrongdoing.
But but I think -- -- -- -- and the general public that -- most of these guys don't play by the sentinels RS on the merits -- Is is -- if you look at this trying to make a judgment as a citizen journalist is it fair -- Charlie Rangel in the dock for these.
Oh yeah well I think it is -- if I think it's absolutely outrageous and you know not just that he did one -- two things wrong but as the investigative subcommittee report says there was a pattern here.
Inaccurate reporting not just in on his taxes but his financial disclosure reports.
Think this is obviously a politician.
21 terms in congress twentieth I think he's sorry this'll be 21 if he's coming up November my and got it thinks he's -- -- it's very clear I mean he thinks that he is above the law and I I cannot see how.
We could just say well everybody doesn't you know let -- if we expect to have any accountability in conference game.
Business as usual.
Well I don't know I mean it's how do we know whether it's business as usual but I mean I think to some extent they all.
Do something like this the John Murtha case for instance and the earmarks -- just.
Being above -- all.
But I think to -- -- point look the ethics committee this week.
Put up on its website the document of its lawyers was the charges right there is not enough time on our program to read through it is -- -- -- ethnic.
And anyone thinks this is just small change should go through there's hundreds of things in there it's off the chart.
This is exactly what people are upset about the -- that failure to put things on his disclosure report the failure to report -- to -- but the Conning and company.
Donations for the Rangel center from people who have to do business before his committee.
Yeah that's right I.
Think one of the things extraordinary here Kim is just how it -- the degree to which.
This is extraordinary coming from the ethics committee given Rangel stature in the congress and how beloved Charlie Rangel is in the -- -- -- -- very well liked member he's been around forever.
He's partisan sure.
But -- it in the background -- even Republicans like -- he's jovial he's a good guy he's a back slapper hail fellow well met they like them to be able now.
He's a classic pol to be able to do this against somebody who's that well like means that they felt the ethics committee felt I think that they couldn't do anything else.
That's absolutely right goes to Dan's point and we -- and his committee here is sort of known for being a little toothless sent me the congress of the club.
Nobody like -- members like to go after fellow members.
But these charges were simply so large that it couldn't ignore them and actually in the -- -- you have to give that means committee a little bit of credit because when they decided to do this.
They ultimately get a very thorough job.
What about his defense Mary that he -- defense predict that the tax issue and these were inadvertent.
He he really didn't know how much -- he had he didn't know he didn't pay enough attention.
Tomorrow reporting requirements he should've paid more for their mistakes not willful again eyewear there's a pattern.
You know you make one or two mistakes you know consistently felt report all kinds of things it's just that -- the continent that he didn't report it up and the thing report that.
That he didn't he didn't report on and you know I think the thing that's really -- -- the American people is this is a guy who is sort of symbolic of the Democrats view.
People don't pay enough taxes you know and -- have always been as you know who the person who writes the tax rules you -- than it already biting fingers yet.
And saying you have to pay more taxes to help before and bending -- -- stabilized apartment.
On the Charlie Rangel.
The allegation is -- the defense is that he cared about education this wasn't about any benefit for him personally this was just about.
His concern for this institution and the education poor people terror and so it was solicits money from -- -- -- foundation of Verizon foundation there are various.
The Ways and Means Committee is in charge of foundations so and he soliciting money on his letter and get the message guys I want.
And he was asking for small change was asking for thirty million dollar up to thirty.
Certainly million dollars a -- couldn't get quickly I wanna ask each of you very -- Charlie went -- take the oath of office -- the 112 congress.
-- and January.
It if he can get through his primary in September there is -- a good chance -- yeah.
Yeah I think that's right I mean you have to be cynical what's the problem you can't defeat these people.
I think he can be elected but I think of the process works he will not take -- -- and Hatcher is gonna survive.
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