Jul 22, 2010

Rangel charged with ethics violations - again

Rep. Charles Rangel (pictured) was pressured into stepping down from his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee in March because of ethics violations.

Now a House investigative committee has charged New York Congressman Charles Rangel with multiple ethics violations.

Rangel, a Democrat, led the tax-writing committee until he stepped aside last March because of previous ethics violations.

Sources said the committee and Rangel's attorney attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate a settlement to end the case. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private discussions. A settlement would have required Rangel to agree that he violated ethics rules.