From NBC's David Gelles
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NBC's Meredith Vieira in an interview taped Monday that Rep. Charles Rangel should not step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Pelosi said she didn't see "any reason" that Rangel should step down.
Tuesday, the House ethics committee said it's now expanding its investigation of Rangel.
Pelosi said it's up to the ethics committee to decide if Rangel should surrender his chairmanship.
"Until they make their decision, which I hope will be soon-- I think that he should stay as chair of the committee," Pelosi said.
Pelosi added, "Mr. Rangel, he loves our country. He loves this Congress. He wants to do nothing but bring credit to it. And he'll be the first one to know what his course of action should be."
The expanded ethics committee will investigate Rangel's role in preserving a tax loophole that benefited a company whose executive had pledged $1 million to a center named after Rangel.