Censure almost certain as Rangel ethics case ends

By the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel faces almost certain censure by the House, a devastating defeat for a 40-year veteran who has insisted he never meant to violate House rules.

If the House votes for censure Thursday as expected, Rangel will have to humbly walk to the front of the chamber to receive his punishment. He'll stand before his colleagues while Speaker Nancy Pelosi reads him a resolution condemning his ethical misbehavior.

Most past censures have involved lawmakers who enriched themselves. Rangel was not charged with lining his pockets, although he did fail to pay some taxes.

The House ethics committee said Rangel's long pattern of fundraising and financial misdeeds justified censure, which is the most severe penalty short of expulsion.

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