Charlie Rangel convicted of ethics charges, expulsion unlikely

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Now that Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel has been convicted by a House ethics panel of ethics violations, he could face expulsion from the House, though experts say that is highly unlikely.

Rangel, a New York congressman, was found guilty on 11 counts of breaking House ethics rules. The former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee had been accused of 13 counts, all having to do with his personal finances.

The ethics committee will now meet to recommend an appropriate punishment, and the New York Times reports that he’s likely to only be censured or given a letter of reprimand. He could also face a fine.

“We have tried to act with fairness led only by the facts and the law, and I believe that we have accomplished that mission,” said California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the chairwoman of the ethics committee.