Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will stand trial on ethics charges after a House panel accused him Thursday of multiple violations.
The veteran lawmaker will challenge the findings in an open hearing.
The news of Rangel’s trial comes at a bad time for Democrats,who are hoping to retain control of Congress this fall.
The House ethics committee stated it has launched a separate panel,called an adjudicatory subcommittee,in the wake of unspecified findings by a four-member panel of the ethics committee that Rangel violated House rules.
The adjudicatory subcommittee,a separate eight-member panel tasked with trying Rangel on the charges,will hold a public organizational meeting July 29.
A visibly frustrated Rangel on Thursday afternoon told The Hill that he did not know what the “alleged violations are finally going to be.”
Less than two hours before the committee posted its statement on the website,Rangel was seen on the House floor on the GOP side of the aisle,engaged in a five-minute conversation with the head of the ethics panel,Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.),who will chair the adjudicatory subcommittee.
The normally loquacious senior New York lawmaker said he was not supposed to reveal the details of the discussion.