Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel's 2010 censure by the U.S. House was upheld Wednesday by a federal judge, who threw out Rangel's lawsuit seeking to overturn the House's action.
The judge essentially told Rangel to take it up with Congress.
"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," the AP reports. "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 voted 333-79 to censure Rangel three years ago on 11 ethics violations, ranging from violating the House gifts ban to improper use of influence and failure to disclose income.
Depite the rebuke, Rangel eked out a 2012 primary win and went on to overwhelmingly win reelection with 91% of the vote in a general election in this Harlem, NY, district that voted 95% for President Obama.
First published December 11 2013, 11:07 AM