August 29, 2009

It's almost as if the rules are not equally applied

I simply cannot imagine that anything will ever happen to House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Charlie Rangel. Today, a few more shoes drop.

Rep. Charles Rangel claimed on mortgage papers that a Harlem brownstone was his principal residence -- even though he was living elsewhere at the time, The Post has learned.

When the Democrat -- who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee -- took out the mortgage in 1990, he said the property on West 132nd Street was his "principal residence," records show.

But Rangel has been living since the 1970s in Harlem's Lenox Terrace apartment complex, where he improperly amassed four rent-stabilized properties.


Don Surber Tweets: Jail time for Rangel? http://blogs.dailymail.com/...

I think the operative phrase is "who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee " Having a toothless quasi-legal proceeding against him protects him from a real prosecutor, and from answering any questions. I saw him on Kudlow early on. The charming chair cannot possibly answer any questions as it would compromise the ethics committee proceedings. But, these are just wild allegations by partisan NY papers. No merit, et cetera.

Perhaps if MSM sources started to make demands, he could be in trouble -- but what's the intrade contract on that -- three cents? A powerful, charismatic, African American, Democratic leader is not a pleasant target for the Katie Courics of the world.

He'll ride it out. As will Senator Dodd. No matter how many times Instapundit reminds us of the little Irish cottage.

111th Congress Posted by John Kranz at August 29, 2009 12:53 PM

Why can't we get these guys the same way we got mobsters, with the IRS? If he lied on mortgage documents and illegally obtained rent controlled properties I am betting that all of this showed up on his income tax forms as improper deductions. Let the House Ethics committee put on their show of investigating ethics, but here in the real world the IRS can find real prosecutable offenses.

Posted by: Silence Dogood at August 30, 2009 11:03 AM

Yeah, we could sic the Secretary of the Treasury on him! No, wait...

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2009 1:24 PM

Is this so obvious that it need not be mentioned ... that Rangel is the chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee that WRITES the IRS rules?

Posted by: johngalt at September 1, 2009 12:04 PM | What do you think? [3]