Charlie Rangel is an example of Progressive hypocrisy. He supports higher taxes, yet didn’t declare his own assets overseas in the Dominican Republic. Despite his hypocrisy, his district re-elected him. Today he walked out on his ethics hearing claiming he didn’t have enough money to continue paying his lawyers.
WASHINGTON (CBS 2 / 1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — A panel of Rep. Charlie Rangel’s peers in Congress headed to recess Monday morning to debate continuing the ethics trial against him after a fiery and frustrated Rangel excused himself, arguing he would not represent himself and had not been given enough time to hire counsel.
“My role here is as a respondent and I am not here representing myself. I’ve been a lawyer long enough to know that it is very, very unwise for any person, a lawyer or a judge, to be his own counsel at a proceeding like this,” Rangel said after being asked whether he was making a motion to continue the hearing.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), one of the judges on the panel, requested that the hearing go to recess so the panel could discuss whether to continue Monday despite Rangel’s claims that he had not been given adequate time to hire counsel.
Rangel said “50 years of public service has to suffer” because he did not have the money himself to pay for a lawyer, that he did not have enough time to cultivate a legal defense fund, and that free counsel offered to him would be considered a gift and therefore prohibited.
Would you or I be given this opportunity in a legal case? Absolutely not but he will, because Rangel is part of the Neo-Feudal elite.