House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave no indication that her support was wavering for embattled Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, in the wake of his admonishment by the House ethics panel last week.
“It said he did not knowingly violate House rules. So that gives him some comfort,” the speaker told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. Rangel was publicly admonishment by the panel for violating House rules by failing to properly disclose financial details of trips he took to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008.
The ethics panel didn’t find sufficient evidence to conclude that Rangel knew that misleading information was provided to the ethics committee before the trips were approved. His office said in a statement last week that the ethics committee “found that the chairman himself had no actual knowledge that the trip in fact violated House rules.”
Something about “ignorance of the law being no excuse” seems to come to mind. The same should go for ethics rules.
Then, there was this doozy:
. . . “[Rangel's misconduct] was not something that jeopardized our country in any way.”
Ethics violations have to damage national security before a committee chairperson is stripped of his/her gavel? Seriously? It’s amazing that Speaker Pelosi actually thinks there isn’t enough on Charlie Rangel to justify his ouster now.