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Rangel Threatens To Boycott Ethics Trial

From an irony-proof Politico:

Charlie Rangel threatens to walk out of ethics trial

By: John Bresnahan
November 15, 2010

Complaining bitterly that he was denied the right to have an attorney present for his ethics trial, an emotional Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) threatened to walk out of the proceedings unless he was given more time to hire counsel.

Of course in actuality Mr. Rangel has been denied nothing. He is complaining because the House will not pay his legal fees. And he is now threatening to boycott his own ‘trial’ which he claims he wants to badly, unless they pony up.

Why does he need a lawyer, anyway? This is not a courtroom. He is not dealing with judges or even arcane laws, apart from the tax laws which he himself supposedly wrote.

Rangel began today’s hearing without an attorney present, and he quickly asked for a continuation of his trial. The venerable New York Democrat said the ethics committee had denied his request in a recent letter, but the panel went into private session after two separate appeals by Rangel.

"Continuation" means postponement and delay. Mind you, this is the same blowhard who was demanding a speedy trial just a few weeks ago.

By the way, according to the Oxford English Dictionary the word ‘venerable’ means: "worthy of being venerated, revered, or highly respected and esteemed, on account of character or position." Clearly, the Politico needs a better thesaurus.

Rangel was visibly emotional in his opening speech, and his threat to walk out offered a jarring moment to a trial that is expected to last all week.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) offered the motion to for the committee to go into executive session.

Yes, the public has no right to hear these discussions.

Rangel walked out of the hearing room once the ethics committee went behind closed doors, and he signaled that he may not be coming back.

“All I am asking for is fairness,” Rangel told a horde of reporters who trailed him down the hallway after his combative appearance before the eight-member “adjudicatory subcommittee” hearing his case.

Again, Mr. Rangel is the one who insisted on a trial.

And "all he is asking" for is someone else to pay for his legal expenses. And who can blame him? He has never had to pay for anything himself for most of his 80 years on this planet.

Rangel parted ways with his law firm Zuckerman Spaeder last month after paying the firm $1.6 million. The New York Democrat said the firm wanted another $1 million for the trial, funds that he no longer had available after running through his campaign account. Members of Congress are allowed to use campaign funds to cover legal fees incurred as past of their official duties.

And you certainly can’t expect Charlie to dip into his own pocket.

"I am being denied to the right to have a lawyer right now because I don’t have the opportunity to have a legal defense fund set up," Rangel said. "And because I don’t have a million dollars to pay my counsel."

Mr. Rangel has written the absurdly onerous and obtuse and unfair tax laws of this country for decades. Maybe he should finally learn what it feels like to have to pay a fortune in attorney fees to defend yourself.

And while we are at it, perhaps Mr. Rangel should be presumed guilty and have to prove his innocence – just like people have to do when dealing with the IRS.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Rangel Threatens To Boycott Ethics Trial”

  1. untrainable says:

    Charlie threatens a boycott. Where’s the threatin that? The trial will probably go quicker and easier without having to consider the Rangel ramblings about his 50 years of “doing good” in the public sector. No matter how much “good” you’ve done Charlie, you broke the law, and you broke the ethics rules of the House. Good sense and good taste and “fairness” would dictate Charlie’s hasty retreat from public life, an honest mea culpa, followed quickly by some serious jail time and confiscation of ALL of his personal assets.

  2. Mae says:

    This bozo has bamboozled his constituents for years. Ya think they would get the picture since Harlem is just as much a rathole, more actually, than it was the day he entered office. If even one Harlemite cries “racism” you know the committee will scatter for the exits themselves. Such a farce. They all know he will get no jail time, not even a slap on the wrist. Send him him off to live in his undeclared vacation home and be done with it.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Unbeknownst to dear Charlie, I’ve been boycotting him for years.

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    Leave him in an 8×10 cell for as long as he refuses to follow the rules.

  5. mr_bill says:

    “I am being denied to the right to have a lawyer right now because I don’t have the opportunity to have a legal defense fund set up,” Rangel said.

    That says it all right there. He thinks he’s deprived of something if he can’t get other people to pay for it. The epitome of liberalism. I sure would love to see Charlie get thrown out of office on his can.

  6. Right of the People says:

    They should appoint him a public defender, you know one of those snot-nosed kids 90 days out of law school that took ten tries to pass the bar. Try him in-absentia and just let him know what the sentence is when the marshals show up and drag him away in cuffs.

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    My post this evening has little to nothing to do with the blight on our Country that mr. Rangel epitomizes; or, maybe it has a lot to do with it in saying God Bless America and all the truly great Americans.

    Take a peek at some of those everyday great Americans as they epitomize the GREATNESS of some … http://www.resistnet.com/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A2918480&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic

    Many of us hoped for this occurence .. stuff the criminal Rangel in the hole he belongs in; and celebrate the greatness of most Americans and the American spirit!

    • canary says:

      MinnesotaRush !!! Next time you post a link so awesome, explain it such as a fine young man Cody riding his bike with an American flag leads a grand parade escort of proud Americans. Goosebumps.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I was in tears within like .0001 seconds of clicking.

      Light piercing through.. finally.

    • proreason says:

      Awesome. Thanks MR.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The greatness of a 13 year old versus the bitterness and utter contempt of a 80 year old.
      My heart swelled with pride over Cody………. grew cold and hateful over Chuckles. (UGH)

  8. canary says:

    How much did Rangel spend on his criminal defense attorney that was present for the hearing, most likely to be at hand if Rangel is charged with mail fraud. Obviously, Rangel made his priority to keep from going to jail.

    Doesn’t the presence of Abbe Lowell, top ethics and white-collar criminal investigation attorney that rep’ed impeached former pres Bill Clinton, for Rangel show he was able to get an attorney.

    Note to Rangel, sell you & your wives jewelry you quit wearing to appear poor. You’ll end up leaving it behind anyways, and you can always go back to Africa for more blood diamonds.

  9. GL0120 says:

    What would happen if everyday citizens had the right to boycott hearings that we felt are unfair?
    Should the IRS summon me, I could simply mount my high horse of righteous indignation and refuse to participate in any obviously unfair hearing!
    Of course, I would then be locked up, my assets would be seized, and that would be the end of that!
    C’mon Charlie, how about parting with some of the million or so odd dollars that you somehow overlooked when it came time to pay your taxes?

  10. U NO HOO says:

    Obnoxious fasking buctard.

  11. Chuckk says:

    He forgot his vacation home, his $250,000. bank account and other things. So clearly he has memory problems due to his advanced age. To pursue him in the legal system is clearly an example of age discrimination as well as racism.

  12. Natural Born Citizen says:

    Rangel has already spent 1.6 million of his campaign funds on legal fees up until this point. He also stands to still receive his $170,00 yearly pension if his wrist is slapped. His mockery of the system he has abused is repugnant. He is the poster boy for what is wrong with congress, and should be held to a higher standard instead of a double standard.

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