Rangel Walks Out of Ethics Hearing!
Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, saying “50 years of public service is on the line,” implored a House ethics panel Monday to postpone his ethics trial until he can get a new lawyer.
According to the New York Times Mr. Rangel stunned the packed hearing room by walking out after complaining that he had no lawyer because he could not afford the millions of dollars in legal fees he had racked up during the two-year investigation.
After declaring that “I respectfully withdraw from these proceedings,” Mr. Rangel shook hands with the lawyers for the ethics committee who were preparing to lay out the case against him and strode steadily out of the room. But after meeting privately, committee members resumed the proceedings without Mr. Rangel, a Democrat who has represented Harlem for four decades.