The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on whether Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan) should be censured for his ethics violations, prompting the 80-year-old lawmaker to reach out to his supporters. In an e-mail, he wrote, "Can you make a call for me?" asking them to call the House switchboard and "urge your member of Congress to speak against the sanction resolution and encourage them to vote against the censure on the House floor."
The e-mail, which also referenced Rangel's Korean War service, left some of his colleagues annoyed. Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Alabama) said, "When you get caught and you're found guilty, you should be willing to stand up and take your punishment, however severe it is," and therefore Rangel "stand up and take [his] punishment like a leader should."
According to Politico, Rangel has also been "circulat[ing] a memo to colleagues, arguing that censure is not the appropriate sanction for his violations, at least based on past cases." Politico also says, "Barring a dramatic reversal, the New York Democrat will be forced to stand in the well of the House as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reads a public condemnation of his actions."
Donald Trump, that sympathetic guy, told Fox & Friends today, “I feel badly for Charlie Rangel. It’s too bad what’s happened to him. In certain ways he’s very lucky. If it happened to you, you, or you, it’s called jail time."