WASHINGTON — The Republican takeover of the House has Rep. Charlie Rangel playing beat the clock to finish his ethics trial while his “friends” are still in charge.
The embattled Harlem Democrat will have to hurry to wrap up the congressional trial on 13 ethics violations during a short lame-duck session this month.
Otherwise, he could face a much tougher ethics panel put together by the new Republican majority when the next session of Congress convenes in January.
The trial is set to begin Nov. 15, although there was talk Rangel would seek a postponement after he lost his legal team last month. He’ll have to think twice about it now.