Rep. Charlie Rangel's admonishment for violating House gift rules "is not good," but his actions did not put the nation at risk in any material way, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.
Pelosi said it is not her place to interfere in any investigations of the matter and said she would not get involved politically.
"But the fact is, is that what Mr. Rangel has been admonished for is not good," she said on ABC's "This Week." "It was a violation of the rules of the House. It was not a--something that jeopardized our country in any way."
Republicans are calling for Rangel's removal as head of the House Ways and Means Committee after the ethics committee's public admonishment of the chairman for accepting private travel expenses from a corporation.
That admonishment was unrelated to the larger ethics investigation of Rangel's past tax practices, financial disclosures and personal property arrangements.
Pelosi pointed out that the ethics committee found Rangel "did not knowingly violate House rules. So that gives him some comfort."
When asked if she thought he should have known better, she deflected by saying the ethics committee acts independently of members of Congress.
"I, though, when I became speaker, instituted an outside ethics panel which makes recommendations so that we have a double way to receive information," she said. "So we're going to look forward to seeing what else they have to say about what they have before them regarding Chairman Rangel."
"Obviously, there's more to come," she added.