Rangel Reported to Have Reached Deal on Ethics Charges

Posted July 29, 2010 at 11:47am

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) has reached a settlement with House ethics attorneys to avoid a public trial on allegations that he violated House rules, New York-based WCBS-TV reported Thursday.

The report, based on “Harlem friends of Rangel,” did not detail the settlement or indicate what allegations Rangel may have agreed to acknowledge or what his punishment may be.

House ethics Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said Thursday morning that the adjudicatory committee called to review allegations that Rangel violated House rules would proceed as planned Thursday at 1 p.m.

If Rangel reached an agreement, Lofgren has previously said that the adjudicatory panel would need to vote to approve the settlement.

The ethics panel announced last week that one of its investigative subcommittees had found substantial reason to believe that Rangel broke House rules after a nearly two-year probe into allegations involving Rangel’s personal finances, fundraising efforts and other issues.