House ethics panel resumes deliberations on Rangel

wrahn Contributor

An eight-member House ethics panel has resumed closed-door deliberations in the ethics trial of Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, accused in 13 counts of engaging in financial and fundraising misconduct.

The jury of Rangel’s congressional peers met behind closed doors Tuesday. They’re deciding whether the former Ways and Means Committee chairman violated House rules.

If the panel determines that even one count has been proved, the full ethics committee would consider an appropriate punishment.

The 20-term New York Democrat walked out of the trial on Monday, pleading unsuccessfully for time to hire new lawyers. He said his former lawyers abandoned him after he paid them some $2 million, but that he could no longer afford them.