Rangel may face hearing this month

Rep. Charlie Rangel: The 20-term New York Democrat faces a public hearing as early as September on charges ranging from failure to pay taxes on rent from a Dominican Republic villa to using his influence as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee to secure donations for a namesake school in his district.

Rep. Maxine Waters: Like Rangel, Waters, a California Democrat, has decided to defend herself publicly in the face of charges by the ethics panel that she violated House rules by helping secure federal loans for a bank her husband had invested money in and helped govern.

Former Rep. Eric Massa: Massa, a New York Democrat, is long gone, but the ethics committee is investigating whether the Democratic leadership acted properly when lawmakers heard allegations that Massa was sexually harassing some of his office employees.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Rep. Sanford Bishop: An audit has disclosed that these Democrats from Texas and Georgia, respectively, awarded thousands of dollars in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarships to relatives. House ethics could start a probe on the basis that they discriminated unfairly for their own benefit or brought discredit to the House.

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif.: An outside ethics commission has recommended the House ethics committee investigate fundraisers held by the lawmakers in the days leading up to a critical vote on a financial regulatory reform bill.

sferrechio@washingtonexaminer.com

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