Report: Charlie Rangel Agrees to Last-Minute Plea Deal
July 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Multiple reports are emerging now, just minutes before the House ethics committee hearing that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has struck a plea deal with the panel to avoid a public trial by his peers. CNN and MSNBC have both shown live shots of Rangel making his way to the hearing room, wherein the details of the settlement deal are expected to be disclosed.
According to CBS 2, the embattled congressman’s Harlem friends have confirmed that he cut a deal:
“Congressman Charles Rangel has reportedly cut a deal to admit to ethical wrongdoing and avoid a potentially humiliating public trial. Harlem friends of Rangel tell CBS 2 they have been told that the details could be unveiled when the House Ethics Committee meets Thursday afternoon.”
It’s not clear what happens next. Rangel may be forced to admit wrongdoing today before the House ethics committee, or later in the well of the House chamber before his colleagues.
His possible punishment is also unknown, which could range from public censure, a loss of seniority or expulsion from Congress.
As Rangel walked to the hearing room, he said today was a “bad day” in his long 40-year political career.