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Rangel trial set for Monday


The ethics trial of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) will begin at 9:00 am ET Monday. Sources indicate to NBC News that as of now, Rangel will be appearing before the Adjudicatory Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Ethics Committee by himself and without legal counsel. Rangel faces 13 counts of violating House rules, ranging from improperly using House stationary to solicit funds on behalf of an academic center being constructed in his name, as well as not reporting taxes on several properties.

The trial is expected to last about a week. Opening statements are to set to occur Monday with Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) offering an opening statement followed by a statement from the ranking member of the subcommittee Michael McCaul (R-TX).

After that Chief Committee Counsel Blake Chisam will make an opening statement and presentation of evidence against Rangel. Rangel and/or his counsel will have a chance to respond. The witness process will then start and possibly carry on until Wednesday. A verdict against Rangel could come as early as Thursday. After closing arguments, charges against Rangel will have to be approved by the subcommittee. If there are charges, the full Ethics Committee will then meet to convene a “sanctions hearing.” That hearing will determine Rangel’s punishment which could come at the end of the week.