Rangel Files Suit to Overturn Censure

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Democrat Charles Rangel on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn a 2010 House decision to censure him for financial wrongdoing.

    The suit contends that staff and members of the House Ethics Committee that conducted the probe against the Harlem lawmaker willfully suppressed evidence of misconduct in how the investigation was conducted, and that had the facts been known there would have been a “different outcome.”

    The 82-year-old Rangel, whose four-decade-long career in the House was blemished by the financial scandal, continues “to suffer irreparable harm that cannot be compensated by money damages,” Rangel’s lawyer, Jay Goldberg, writes in the suit.

    The complaint states that had the committee’s chief counsel told the lawmaker of improprieties in how the probe was conducted, Rangel would have made a motion to dismiss the case against him.

    The committee “acted knowingly, intentionally and willfully to frustrate the goal of assuring adherence to plaintiff’s due process rights,” it said.

    The suit was filed against House Speaker John Boehner, then-Ethics Committee chair Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., five Republicans then serving on the panel, and several staff members.

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