Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) failed to win a reprieve Monday when a House ethics subcommittee refused to delay his ethics hearing.
Following an executive session that lasted nearly 40 minutes, the ethics subcommittee announced it would not postpone the proceeding to give the New York lawmaker time to hire a new attorney.
“We are prepared to proceed today. We recognize that Mr. Rangel does not intend to participate,” said ethics Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).
The New York lawmaker threatened to boycott the proceedings Monday, after he accused the panel of previously refusing his requests to delay the hearing because of its leaders’ desire to finish the hearing before the end of the 111th Congress.
Rangel did not appear in the Longworth House Office Building hearing room when the ethics subcommittee announced its decision.
An ethics investigative subcommittee charged the senior lawmaker in July with 13 counts of wrongdoing, including allegations that he misused federal resources to solicit donations for a City College of New York center named in his honor, used a rent-stabilized apartment for his campaign office, failed to pay taxes on a Dominican Republic villa and filed inaccurate financial disclosure forms.
An adjudicatory subcommittee, composed of four Democrats and four Republicans, must now determine whether Rangel is guilty of any of those allegations.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.