Rangel Steps Aside from Key Chairmanship

The House Democrat steps aside (temporarily) as chairman of Ways & Means Committee

Rep. Charles Rangel (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Charles Rangel (D, New York) has taken a "leave of absence"from his powerful position as the chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. Rangel said Wednesday morning that he would temporarily step aside to let an ethics investigation into possible rules violations run its course. 

The Harlem Democrat had been under a lot of pressure to step aside the House ethics committee found he broke congressional rules by not properly disclosing trips to the Caribbean that were paid for by companies. Rangel blamed his staff for not fully informing him of the source of the funds.

As late as Tuesday night, Rangel was denying rumors that he would step aside. But he lost support from fellow Democrats who were being accused of hypocrisy about ethics by Republicans.

The Wall Street Journal had an early report here.

The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.