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Many a Rangel angle: Video

Below is the tape of former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, dean of the New York House delegation, reacting to the reports that charges are to be brought against him by a Congressional panel. They include, per the AP:

- Rangel's use of official stationery to raise money for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.

- His use of four rent-subsidized apartment units in New York City. The city's rent stabilization program is supposed to apply to one's primary residence. One had been used as a campaign office, raising a separate question of whether the rent break was an improper gift.

- Rangel's failure to report income as required on his annual financial disclosure forms. The committee had investigated his failure to report income from the lawmaker's rental unit at the Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic.

- Rangel also belatedly disclosed hundreds of thousands of dollars in investment assets.

Meanwhile, the fallout includes:

-- David Malpass, would-be GOP opponent of Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, former House member, calling on Gillibrand to "denounce (Rangel) for his multiple ethics violations and to donate the $29,000 in campaign contributions she has received from him to an appropriate housing charity."

-- Jonathan Tasini, primary opponent of Rangel, calling on the Congressman to withdraw from his race for re-election, saying: "For the first time in eight years, the House ethics committee has taken a very serious step forward in ethics investigations, calling for the appointment of a special subcommittee to rule on the findings--a step last taken when former Rep. James Traficant was convicted of taking bribes."

-- John Boehner, House GOP minority leader, calling word of the charges "a sad reminder of Speaker Pelosi’s most glaring broken promise: to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington."

-- Gary Berntsen, would-be challenger of Sen. Charles Schumer, also revving up:

"As if his campaign contributions laden with political insiders and special interests wasn’t enough, now Chuck Schumer is helping host a fundraiser for his good friend Charlie Rangel who today was slapped with House Ethics charges on matters ranging from failure to pay taxes on a luxury home in the Dominican Republic to fudging his financial disclosure reports.

 -- Republican Congressional Candidate, Michel Faulkner:  "I will be in prayer for him and his family as they deal with this very serious matter."



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