Rangel says ethics panel violated his Constitutional rights

Rep. Charlie Rangel argues a House ethics panel violated his Constitutional due process rights in a 32-page submission to the committee.
 
Rangel said the investigative subcommittee that brought charges against him did not give him enough time to provide a defense, violating the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause.
 

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The veteran lawmaker said he was prevented from answering the committee’s charges in  a point-by-point repudiation of the allegations brought against him.



“For forty years, Congressman Rangel has faithfully served the people of New York’s Fifteenth District,” Rangel said in the statement.
 
“He has at all times acted in his constituents’ best interests and has brought them economic and educational opportunities, as exemplified by his tireless support for the City College of New York (CCNY)."



Rangel donated his official papers to CCNY, secured appropriations to support the college’s academic program in public service, and “promoted the program to education-minded philanthropists,” according to the statement.



The only benefit Rangel received from this work, the statement said, was the “satisfaction of fulfilling his obligations to his constituents.”

“He did not profit economically, nor did he ever link his work for CCNY with matters before the Ways & Means Committee.”


The statement also described the SAV as “deeply flawed” in its “factual premises” and “legal theories.”



“The undisputed evidence in the record … is that Congressman Rangel did not dispense any political favors, that he did not intentionally violate any law, rule or regulation, and that he did not misuse his public office for private gain.”