Rangel Faces House Hearing To Answer Ethics Charges

Following a lengthy investigation, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has been accused formally of ethics violations and will face a public trial on the charges beginning next week.

Rangel becomes the first lawmaker to face a formal trial on ethics charges since former Rep. James Traficant , D-Ohio, was expelled in 2002.

Rangel surrendered his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in March. The House Ethics Committee has been investigating complaints that Rangel went on corporate-paid trips. The committee has also been investigating Rangel's ownership of several rent-controlled apartments in New York.

The House Ethics Committee announced Rangel's trial in a statement Thursday, but did not detail the charges against him.

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