November 16, 2010 |
A House panel hearing ethics violation charges against New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel decided Monday to accept the prosecutor's evidence as uncontested after the Harlem Democrat walked out of the proceedings. Rangel's decision not to participate ? after arguing that it was unfair for him to face the charges without legal representation ? short-circuited what was expected to be a weeklong proceeding involving a dozen witnesses. Instead, after briefly considering and then rejecting a motion to delay, the eight-member panel of the House Ethics Committee decided to forgo witnesses and hear only the presentation of Blake Chisam, chief counsel for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
October 8, 2010 |
Prominent Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Charles B. Rangel will face ethics trials after the November elections, the head of the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday, in what will be rare, back-to-back congressional proceedings. The trial for Waters (D-Los Angeles) will begin Nov. 29. The proceedings for Rangel (D-New York) are scheduled to begin Nov. 15. "After an investigation that has lasted over a year, I am eager to have the opportunity to clear my name," Waters said in a statement Thursday.
March 16, 1999 |
Former New York Mayor David N. Dinkins and two congressmen were among 14 people arrested as they protested last month's fatal police shooting of an unarmed West African immigrant. Reps. Charles B. Rangel and Gregory Meeks, both Democrats, as well as the Rev. Al Sharpton, were part of those arrested at police headquarters and charged with criminal trespass. Police fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo on Feb. 4, hitting him 19 times.
March 30, 1989
The chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control said he will urge President Bush to promptly call a western hemispheric drug summit. Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) rejected as unacceptable federal drug czar William J. Bennett's suggestion that the summit not be held until Bennett first draws up a national drug strategy. That plan, due in September, is to address education, treatment, law enforcement and interdiction.
January 1, 1988
The chairman and ranking Republican member of the House narcotics committee criticized Education Secretary William J. Bennett for not emphasizing the drug abuse issue in his proposal for a model high school curriculum. Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), the chairman, said in a statement that Bennett "buried the drug issue, which students themselves say is the biggest problem facing young people today."
March 8, 1989
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics, charged that President Bush has failed to make the war on drugs a priority in the nation's foreign policy and has sown confusion among South American leaders. Fresh from a meeting in Ecuador with more than 200 officials from five Andean nations, the congressman said it was "embarrassing" to talk with his South American counterparts about the U.S. commitment to battling drugs.