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Rep. Charles Rangel says he tried to make deal to avoid ethics charges, but GOP wants trial

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Rep. Charles Rangel told Harlem leaders Saturday he signed a plea deal on ethics charges but that the GOP pushed for a trial.

“He said he had signed an agreement. He was ready to go but I guess politics came into play,” said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan), one of about 50 leaders gathered for a Harlem district meeting Saturday.

Another attendee said Rangel implied, “It was Republicans that didn’t want an agreement” and that he signed a deal before the ethics committee released its report last month.

Rangel, who faces 13 ethics violations, said earlier this week that he won’t settle to make others in Congress “comfortable.”

via Rep. Charles Rangel says he tried to make deal to avoid ethics charges, but GOP wants trial.

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August 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

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