You're a Bad Man, Charlie Rangel

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Congressional freshmen could read their ethics manuals, or they could just walk down the hall to watch Charlie Rangel's case unfold. (6:26)

OF MY ROCK BAND'S ALBUM.

LA OF LAUGH IT'S THE SECOND FULL

WEEK OF NOVEMBER, EVERYBODY

FOLLOWING THE FIRST TUESDAY OF

NOVEMBER OWE AN EVEN NUMBERED

YEAR.

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?

THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL FRESHMEN

ARE HERE!

>> BUS LOADS OF NEW SENATORS

ARRIVING ON CAPITOL HILL.

>> COLLECTING NEW LAPTOPS,

BLACKBERS BERRIES AND A CRUSHING

LOAD OF READINGS.

>> THEY ARE FINDING OUT WHERE

THE OFFICERS WILL BE.

WHERE THE CALF YEAR TO IS.

>> Jon: WHERE YOU GET THE SHOT

THAT KILLS YOUR CONSCIENCE, THE

SECRET DOOR TO THE UNDERGROUND

LOBBY DISCO AND WASHINGTON

MONUMENT'S BALLS.

KID OF COURSE.

THEY OVERWROTE THE BOOK ON

ETHICS.

THEY COMPLICATED TO THE SENSE

IT'S MEANINGLESS.

THIS IS JUST THE ETHICS MANUAL.

>> Jon: EVERY QUESTION IN THIS

BOOK ANSWERED: HOW ABOUT THIS?

SOMEBODY PUTS A BAG OF MONEY IN

MY PANTS BUT I DON'T TOUCH WIT

MY HANDS?

DOES THAT COUNT?

IS IT AN ETHICAL VIOLATION IF

THE SEX I'M HAVING OUT OF MY

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE IS

ANONYMOUS.

IS THERE A GLORY LOOPHOLE, IF

WILL YOU?

[LAUGHTER]

OF COURSE -- WHAT A

SOPHISTICATED --

[LAUGHTER]

THERE'S THIS SUPERNICE OLD LADY

IN THE AUDIENCE AND I IMAGINE

RIGHT NOW -- I CAN'T TELL YOU,

BUT I IMAGINE HER CHILDREN

LEANING OVER GOING, HE'S TALKING

ABOUT VILLAGE BLOW (bleep).

[LAUGHTER]

FRESHMEN COULD WALK DOWN THE

HALL AND WATCH AN ETHICS CASE

UNFOLD LIVE LIKING THROUGH

THROUGH A CORRUPTIONAL

WILLIAMSBURG.

>> ARE YOU REPRESENTED BY

COUNCIL TODAY OR ARE YOU

REPRESENT -- REPRESENTED BY

COUNSEL TODAY OR ARE YOU

REPRESENTING YOURSELF?

>> I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO

EXPLAIN MY POSITION EVER BECAUSE

OF RULES OF CONFIDENTALITY.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT WE HAVE

THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS AND

CONGRESSIONAL TRIPS, NO IDEA OF

HOW COUNSEL INTENDS TO PROCEED.

[LAUGHTER]

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: OKAY A COUPLE OF

THINGS.

ONE, YOU'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS 40

YEARS.

YOU WERE CHAIRMAN THE ALL POWER

HOUSE AND WAYS COMMITTEE AND YOU

STILL DON'T KNOW YOU ARE NOT

SUPPOSED TO STAND UP AT A

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING.

THEY HAVE ONE CAMERA ANGLE.

[LAUGHTER]

AND NUMBER TWO, YOU'VE BEEN

UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR TWO

YEARS, HOW DO YOU NOT HAVE A

LAWYER?

>> YOU MAY HIRE WHOEVER YOU WISH

AS A LIR.

THAT IS UP TO YOU.

>> YOU HAVE SEEN THE RECORD.

$2 MILLION ALREADY.

AND I'VE BEEN ADVISED THAT THIS

HEARING COULD COST ME ANOTHER

MILLION.

>> Jon: PRETTY BALLSY CLAIMING

POORHOUSE WHEN YOU HAVE SPENT

CAMPAIGN MONEY ON THE DEFENSE.

THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO PAY FOR

THIS.

>> I HAVE LAWYERS FROM

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND NEW YORK

WILLING TO GIVE ME FREE COUNCIL

BUT THEY SAY IF THEY DO IT'S A

GIFT AND VIOLATES ALL OF THE

LAWS.

>> Jon: YOU ARE UPSET THAT

EVEN YOUR LEGAL DEFENSE CARRIES

WITH IT SOME ETHICAL BOUNDARIES?

CAN'T I AT LEAST FIGHT ETHICS

CHARGES UNETHICALLY?

[LAUGHTER]

I'M MERELY ASKING TO ACCEPT FREE

LEGAL REPRESENTATION.

WON'T BE A GIFT BECAUSE I'LL

MOST LIKELY COMPENSATE THEM IN

THE FORM OF FAVORABLE

LEGISLATION.

[LAUGHTER]

A POSITION I'M FORCED INTO

BECAUSE THE ESTEEMED COMMITTEE

HAS INFORMED ME --

[LAUGHTER]

-- THEY WILL NOT ALLOW TIME FOR

ME TO --

[LAUGHTER]

-- SET UP A COUNTERFEITING

OPERATION.

[LAUGHTER]

I HAVE THE PLATES, THE HAVE

THE --

[LAUGHTER]

-- INK, THE PAPER, BUT WHAT I

DON'T HAVE IS LEGAL AUTHORITY TO

PRINT MY OWN MONEY TO PAY FOR A

DEFENSE ON CHARGES I VIOLATED MY

ETHICS.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW WHY I CAN IMITATE HIM

VERY WELL BECAUSE HE IS IN

ESSENCE AN OLD JEWISH MAN.

I MEAN AGHHHH -- GOOD I GET A --

RANGEL HAS BASICALLY CROOBATED

ALL THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM.

I GUESS $2-$3 MILLION IS A SMALL

PRICE TO PAY TO KEEP YOURSELF

FROM BEING THROWN IN JAIL OR OUT

OF CONGRESS.

THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE FACING

RIGHT?

>> THERE ARE VARYING LEAVES OF

REBUKES COULD HE COULD FACE,

MAYBE A REPRIMAND, MAYBE A FINE.

>> Jon: ARE YOU (bleep)

KIDDING ME?

CHARLIE RANGEL SPENT YEARS

PRETENDING LIKE THE RULES DON'T

APPLY TO HIM AND EVEN AFTER HE

GETS CAUGHT HE SPENDS TWO YEARS

AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

BEMOANING HOW HE IS NOT ALLOWED

TO CREATE THE TERMS OF HIS OWN

DEFENSE ALL TO ULTIMATELY AVOID

HIS FELLOW CONGRESS PEOPLE FROM

GETTING TOGETHER AND SAYING UNTO

HIM, CHARLIE, CHARLIE -- YOU,

THAT WAS BAD, CHARLIE.

[LAUGHTER]

ALL RIGHT.

GO SIT DOWN.

I'LL TELL YOU WHERE THE COME

UPENCE IS GOING TO COME: FROM

THE PEOPLE.

>> HE WAS REELECTED TO HIS 21ST

TERM WITH 80% OF THE VOTE.

[LAUGHTER]

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