Pelosi punts on whether she will discipline Rangel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday dodged when asked if she will officially discipline Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.)

The House ethics committee admonished Rangel, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, on Thursday for improperly accepting reimbursement for trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008.

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"We'll see what happens next, what comes out of the ethics committee next," Pelosi said at a press conference. "They said this press release will stand as the admonishment...obviously they have other issues to deal with and I thank them for [considering this matter.]"

The Harlem lawmaker has been under fire from Republicans for years. Members of the party have accused him of multiple ethics lapses and have called on Pelosi several times to remove him from his chairmanship.

Rangel on Thursday confirmed that the committee found that he violated House rules but said that the committee found that he personally had no knowledge of corporate sponsorships to the trip. The ethics panel, however, said that he is responsible for the staffers who did know about them.

Pelosi said that the committee issued a statement scolding Rangel and said "that will stand as the admonishment."