Panel hits Rangel with 13 alleged ethics charges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

House investigators are accusing veteran New York congressman Charles Rangel of 13 violations of congressional ethics standards.

The allegations include failure to report, on his original tax returns for 1998 through 2006, rental income received from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and to report more than $600,000 in assets on his congressional financial disclosure statements.

The alleged violations of House standards of conduct also include using congressional letterhead to solicit donations for a center for public service to bear Rangel's name at the City College of New York.

Lawyers for Rangel and the panel have struck a plea deal, according to people familiar with the talks, but Republicans are insisting on going forward with a trial.

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