Oct 9, 2009

House ethics panel expands Rangel probe

A report at the link below states:

Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (pictured) is headed for more trouble as the House ethics committee announced Thursday it has expanded its investigation to include Rangel’s financial disclosure reports, which show hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously undeclared personal assets and income.

While the House the ethics panel continues its months-long probe of the Harlem Democrat, Republicans have been trying to take away his chairmanship of the prestigious Committee on Ways & Means.

The House voted mostly along party lines on Wednesday to allow Rangel to keep his gavel. However, the House ethics panel continues its months-long probe of Rangel.

The ethics panel also disclosed Thursday that it has issued nearly 150 subpoenas as part of its yearlong Rangel investigation, interviewed 34 witnesses and combed through thousands of pages of documents related to the New York Democrat’s personal finances.

The vote to widen the already sprawling investigation was unanimous.

In July, Rangel quietly filed amended financial disclosure documents, going back to 2001, showing at least $600,000 in assets that he had never previously declared.

Republicans have long been putting pressure on the House ethics panel to investigate Mr. Rangel while the Democrats have been trying their best to protect the Harlem Congressman.