The ethics panel is examining Rangels lease of three rent-controlled apartments in his district the lawmaker earlier gave up a fourth unit that he had used as an office in the same building and his use of House parking facilities for long-term vehicle storage, which is prohibited.
In addition, the investigation is focused on Rangels fundraising efforts for a City College of New York facility named in his honor. In December 2008, the ethics panel expanded the investigation to include an alleged quid pro quo legislative action in exchange for donations to the college. Rangel has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
The ethics committee expanded its investigation a second time to add Rangel's August 2009 disclosure of more than $500,000 worth of assets that he failed to previously report on his annual personal finance disclosures.
Rangel said he needs to consult with his lawyer about his next move, stating: And I think right now I have to let the general community make its own judgment based on what the ethics committee has said and then Ill get back to you with a larger statement when I have more information, he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.