Rangel Claims Sloppy Bookkeeping
Last week, Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) was found guilty of 11 counts of breaking ethics rules. The 8-member congressional panel decided the guilty ruling in part due to his lack of reporting over $600,000 in income to the congress, and not disclosing a villa in the Dominican Republic to the IRS, as reported in the Washington Post by the Associated Press.
What’s more perplexing than his findings of guilt are his public declarations that all the various forms of fraud were simply the fault of his disorganization. Rangel stated: "Any failings in my conduct were the result of good faith mistakes." He said they were caused by "sloppy and careless record keeping but were not criminal or corrupt."
At 80 years old he has held his seat in congress for 20 terms and claims inadequate, sloppy bookkeeping now? National Public Radio reports that his Harlem constituents are sad, but intend to back him up. He won the recent election by more than 80% and previously was the chairman of the Ways and Means committee. All these accolades do not mesh with a protest of incompetence.
His case will now be presented before the whole House and possible penalties are a House vote deploring his conduct, a fine and denial of certain privileges.
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