The House ethics committee said Thursday that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) faces 13 different charges of breaking either House rules or federal statutes.It's about time. Get rid of the crook.
The statement took place as reports circulated that Rangel's attorney had reached a deal with the committee that would prevent the public trial from going forward.
WCBS-TV in New York reported Harlem friends of Rangel said a deal had been struck. The network reported Rangel will admit to wrongdoing as part of the deal.
Separately, The Wall Street Journal reported lawyers had reached a tentative deal to settle the ethics charges and avoid a trial.
Rangel told reporters Thursday at the Capitol that he didn’t know if a deal had been reached.
Asked if there was a deal, Rangel said: “I don’t know. I’ll tell you one thing, until someone tells me that there is, there isn’t.”
Pelosi wanted to cut a deal and not serve justice with a trial.
Minutes before the WCBS report, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended her caucus’s record on ethics. She said Democrats had implemented ”the toughest ethics reform in a generation” when they took over the House in 2006.