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NY Democrat Eliot Engel: Rangel Can't 'Excuse Away' Ethics Decision (VIDEO)

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"It is sad, he's been in office for 40 years," he added.

Engel said that the ethics violations that Rangel was found to guilty of were very serious.

"Certainly the things he was found guilty of are not things you can just excuse away, they're very serious, very serious charges," Engel said.

The committee ruled that Rangel was guilty on 11 of the 13 violations on which he was originally charged. The recommendations of the subcommittee will now be sent forward to the full ethics committee, which will vote on what punishment to recommend for Rangel to the full House.

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