Steny Hoyer: Charlie Rangel Must Decide Whether To Resign or Face Inquiry

Two of Rangel’s colleagues Reps. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) have called for Rangel to resign rather than contest the charges against him


thehill
The House’s second-ranking Democrat on Tuesday said that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will decide on his own whether to resign his seat or go forward with Thursday’s ethics inquiry.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters that he did not know what Rangel’s decision would be. The Ethics Committee on Thursday is scheduled to convene publicly to spell out its charges against the New York Democrat.

Two of Rangel’s colleagues — Reps. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) — have called for Rangel to resign rather than contest the charges against him.

But even amid those calls, Hoyer indicated that House leaders aren’t inclined to force Rangel’s hand — at least not overtly.“Mr. Rangel has to do what Mr. Rangel believes is appropriate and proper,” Hoyer said.

On Monday night the Congressional Black Caucus came out in strong support of Rangel, saying in a statement that Rangel was fully entitled to his day in court and urging their colleagues not to prejudge the outcome of a process that has not concluded.
Congressional Black Caucus Barbara Lee: Don't Presume Guilt
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WASHINGTON — The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus is warning lawmakers against rushing to judgment on whether one of its prominent members, Charles Rangel, is guilty of ethics violations.

California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee's statement Monday is likely to prevent, at least for now, any attempt by Democrats to pressure the New York Democrat to admit guilt and avoid an election-season ethics trial.

A House investigative panel has accused Rangel of violating standards of conduct, and the charges are to be publicly released Thursday before a separate ethics subcommittee that will render a verdict.

Lee said that "attempts by Republicans and Democrats to presume guilt ... violates the core American principle of the presumption of innocence