Rangel apologizes to Russert for testy exchange

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has apologized to NBC reporter Luke Russert over berating him for asking whether ethics charges will force Rangel out of his job.

After the charges dropped Thursday, Rangel became angry when Russert, the son of legendary Washington journalist Tim Russert, asked the question in the Capitol. The veteran congressman called it a “dumb question” and asked if Russert was “trying to make copy.”

“It doesn’t really sound like NBC asking these dumb questions, but it just shows what has really happened to a channel that did have some respect,” Rangel said. 

At a news conference on Monday, Rangel said he called the reporter to apologize.

“I had a very good conversation with Luke Russert [this morning] and apologized for the way I treated him on television,” he said.

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