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In case you missed the embattled Congressman’s speech today, here it is:
Russert reminded Charlie that he could also be voted out by his colleagues over the ethics violations.
This really fired up Rangel, who asked: “What station are you from? While you’re young, I guess you do need to make a name for yourself, but basically you know it’s a dumb question. It doesn’t really sound like NBC asking these dumb questions, but it just shows what has really happened to a channel that did have some respect.”
Apparently Rangel decided this morning that it was prudent to apologize to Luke Russert for berating him. He said during a news conference this morning: “I had a very good conversation with Luke Russert this morning and apologized for the way I treated him on television.”
Yesterday, Sen. Jim Bunning continued, until late in the day, to try to hold the Senate to its “pay-go” legislation by objecting to the stopgap funding for such items as unemployment extensions and highway funding. The Senator stood alone and was villified by Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Susan Collins, and even WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Throughout last night, there were reports that Rep. Charlie Rangel, the subject of several ethics investigations, would step aside from his powerful Chairmanship of the House Ways and Mean Committee. Insisting he was still in control after emerging from Nancy Pelosi’s office last night, this morning Charlie Rangel took a “leave of absence” from his Chairmanship.
So the questions are:
(1) Was Sen. Bunning justified in his objection to legislation that was not funded as PayGo requires?
(2) Should Charlie Rangel resign his Congressional seat entirely?
Charlie’s villa in the Dominican Republic can be rented out for $1,100 per NIGHT.
Rep. Waters: ‘Many members’ suffer from disclosure problems like Rep. Rangel
“Many members” of Congress suffer from the same disclosure issues as Rep. Charles Rangel (D.N.Y.), one of his allies said Wednesday.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) downplayed the seriousness of allegations against Rangel that he failed to disclose sources of income and pay taxes on some properties, saying that many lawmakers suffer from innocent lapses in judgment when filing mandatory financial disclosure forms.
“I want to tell you, there are many members who, if you go back over all of their records, over all of the years, you’re going to find that there were disclosures that were not made,” Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning.
Memo to Maxine: He forgot to claim them on his TAX RETURNS, not his Senate financial disclosure forms.
2nd Memo to Maxine: Perhaps your disclosures should include your MARRIED name so the public can see what favors are done for your spouse.