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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Charles Rangel Cuts Deal Before Ethics Trial To Avoid Public Humiliation

So much for Charlie Rangel's tough talk where he welcome a public trial before his election. After Democratic members of the house publicly called for him to resign and after heavy political pressure applied to not force Democrats to endure an ethics trial this close to the November midterms, Charlie finally caved.

New York Congressman Charles Rangel has reportedly cut a deal to admit to ethical wrongdoing and avoid a potentially humiliating public trial.

Harlem friends of Rangel tell CBS 2 they have been told that the details could be unveiled when the House Ethics Committee meets Thursday afternoon.

"Sixty years ago I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea and as a result I wrote a book saying that I hadn't had a bad day since," Rangel said. "Today I have to reassess that statement." In a sense, Thursday is Charlie Rangel's war. He is battling to preserve his legacy of 40 years of congressional service in the face of ethics charges that, at the very least, will subject him to a humiliating process of having to admit ethical wrong doing.

Just what he will admit to and how he will do it remains to be seen. The punishment remains to be seen as well, but sources tell CBS 2 that at the end of the day, Rangel is not expected to be thrown out of Congress and that he is expected to run for reelection to a 21st term.

[Update] Rangel denies that a deal has been made.

New York Democrat Charles Rangel says there's no deal yet to settle his ethics case and avoid a trial on charges of violating standards of conduct.

Rangel told reporters outside his office, "Until someone tells me there's a deal, there isn't."

[Update] Deal gets scuttled (for now) and 13 counts of ethical violations are brought up against Charlie Rangel.