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Judge dismisses Rangel's bid to overturn censure

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 3:20pm  ET

FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Rep. Charles Rangel that had sought to overturn the 2010 House censure of the New York congressman for financial wrongdoing.

U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled Wednesday that Rangel's demands implicate "insurmountable separation-of-powers barriers" to the court's authority. Bates added that Rangel's quarrel is with the House, and it must stay there.

Rangel's suit claimed that staff and members of the House Ethics Committee that conducted the probe against him willfully suppressed evidence of misconduct in how the investigation was conducted.

The House censured Rangel for various financial actions, including failure to pay all his taxes, filing misleading financial statements and improperly seeking money from corporate interests.


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