Charles Rangel has now become the 23rd member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the nation’s history to be censured for misconduct.
The vote by the full House on Thursday was 333-79, and punished him by censure for failing to pay income taxes on a rental property, using his 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 vote was expected in the matter, which consumed $2 million in legal costs and two years of his attention, and was recommended by a special panel in a trial two weeks ago that Rangel walked out on after asking for a delay so that he could raise more money for a legal defense fund.
Aside from the public reprimand, Rangel has evaded being charged with any crime for his wrongdoings. “I am at rest with myself, and I am convinced that when history of this has been written that people will recognize that the vote for censure was a very, very, very political vote,” Rangel said.