The third-ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), said Tuesday he would oppose a censure of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) for ethics violations.

“I will not vote for censure,” Clyburn, the majority whip, told reporters. “I don’t think the violations that he admitted to were that egregious that censure would be in order. A reprimand I thought was more appropriate.”

The House Ethics Committee voted to recommend a censure of Rangel, a veteran New York congressman and former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. A full vote of the House could come as early as Wednesday.

Clyburn's announcement came on the same day the House ethics committee released hundreds of pages of documents pertaining to Rangel's charges and subsequent trial.

Rangel and his allies had pushed for a reprimand, a less serious punishment than an official censure resolution.

“I know you hold his position to a higher standard, and I do, but I still don’t think they get to censure,” Clyburn said. He said he thought other members would also vote against the resolution, but he said he was not lobbying against the punishment.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), who, like Rangel and Clyburn, is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has also said he will vote against censure. 

Jordan Fabian contributed to this post.