Blake Chisam, the chief counsel of the ethics committee and its de facto prosecutor, recommended today that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) be censured.
Chisam said that Rangel's 11 ethics violations are severe enough to demand censure
, a formal rebuke from the House. The full House ethics committee will decide
which sanction, if any, to recommend to the House, which will make the final decision by a full vote.
Rangel, who left an ethics subcommittee hearing earlier this week, is in the committee room today, making the case for light discipline and asking for mercy from the committee.