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In Change Of Tone, Rangel Asks For Mercy

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"Even in light of the fact that the Subcommittee's findings were made without my representation and weighed against what was not found, I hope my four decades of service merit a sanction that is in keeping with and no greater than House precedents and also contains a drop of fairness and mercy."

The House ethics committee is holding a hearing today to vote on what sort of punishment, if any, to recommend for Rangel. A subcommittee found him guilty of 11 ethics violations earlier this week, in a short but cantankerous hearing in which Rangel accused the committee of preventing him from getting a lawyer and violating his due process rights before leaving the hearing altogether.

Rangel also reportedly asked supporters to cancel rallies in his support that were scheduled for today in Harlem and Washington.

For the rest of Rangel's statement, go here. For historical background on the possible sanctions Rangel faces, go here. You can also read TPM's full Rangel coverage here.