Rangel, in an emotional appearance on the House floor after the House voted 333-79 to censure him, acknowledged that he had made mistakes but asserted that at no time had he been dishonest or tried to enrich himself.
The committee found that Rangel had underpaid the IRS for 17 years by failing to pay taxes on income from a rental unit in a Dominican Republic resort, had filed misleading financial disclosure reports, had set up a campaign office in the Harlem building where he lived that had been designated for residential use only and had used congressional letterheads to solicit donations for a center named after him at City College of New York.
It was only the 23rd time in the House’s history that a member was censured, the most severe punishment short of expulsion.
Before becoming embroiled in the ethics case Rangel had chaired the House Ways and Means Committee, the influential panel that writes tax policy.
There was no immediate comment from Boehner’s office on the lawsuit.