A House panel found Rep. Charles B. Range (D-N.Y.) guilty on 11 counts of ethics violations, including failing to pay income taxes on a house he owned in the Dominican Republic, using his congressional office to raise monies for a college center named in his honor, and accepting a rent-subsidized apartment in Manhattan from a developer who had official business with a committee led by the congressman.
The quick decision comes only a day after the trial began which was marked by Rangel’s absence, due to a falling out with his attorneys over his mounting legal costs. Rangel asked for a delay in the case so that he could put together a legal defense fund, but panel members moved ahead.
The matter now moves to the House ethics committee for action. It is expected that Rangel will receive a public reprimand. The 80-year-old Rangel was just reelected for another term, and has been a House member since 1971. In 2007 he became the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, a position from which he has since resigned.