The House ethics committee will hold a hearing
at noon Thursday on whether, and how, the House should punish Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) after he was found to have committed 11 ethics violations
An adjudicatory subcommittee found Rangel guilty of the violations yesterday. Now, the full committee will vote on a recommendation for punishment. The committee's recommendation will then be forwarded to the full House for a vote.
Punishments range from a reprimand or admonishment to expulsion. Rangel, who won re-election this month to his 21st term with 80 percent of the vote, is not expected to be expelled.
Rangel has accused the committee of preventing him from getting a lawyer
and violating his due process rights. In a statement yesterday, he implored
the full committee to take into account his 40 years of service in the House before making a decision.