NY Post - June 26, 2009
ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER RANGEL PROBE
The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into free Caribbean trips by Rep. Charles Rangel and several other members of Congress that were paid for by corporate lobbyists, in apparent violation of House rules.
What took so long? The committee waited more than nine months after the trips were first disclosed by The Post's Isabel Vincent.
Not that the committee will ever do more than slap Rangel's wrist -- if that.
But Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared last fall that the initial probe into Rangel's tortured personal finances would be finished by time the 111th Congress convened. Oops: That happened in January, yet the investigation's far from being finished.
At any rate, the chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, as it's officially known, announced that an investigative subcommittee, armed with subpoena power, will look into the trips. (continues)