After a long-running inquiry, an investigative subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives has charged Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) with violating House rules.
In a news release this afternoon, the leadership of the House ethics committee said the subcommittee has turned in a “Statement of Alleged Violation.” Under the ethics committee’s rules, such a statement constitutes a formal charging document alleging that a lawmaker or staff member has violated a code of conduct, law, rule or regulation.
Ethics committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said in the release that she is convening another, “adjudicatory” subcommittee to determine whether there is “clear and convincing evidence and to make findings of fact.”
Lofgren will also chair the new subcommittee, and it will hold an “organizational meeting” in public on July 29, the release said. The subcommittee will have eight members, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans.
The release gave no further details on the alleged violation, and committee officials did not immediately return a message requesting comment. Zuckerman Spaeder partner Leslie Kiernan, who has been representing Rangel, also did not return a message.
In recent years, Rangel, who has served in the House since 1971, has been publicly scrutinized for an array of alleged misconduct, including Caribbean trips he took that were underwritten by private corporations, his use of rent-subsidized apartments, and an earmark he secured for a center for public service that bears his name. The ethics committee earlier admonished him over the trips.