This morning, Rep. Charles Rangel of New York walked out of his own ethics committee hearing, claiming he was denied his right to legal counsel. The committee is now meeting in a closed session to discuss whether to postpone Rangel's trial on 13 ethics violations. Here's a sampling of Rangel's remarks:
Naturally, Twitter was ecstatic (if a bit confused) by today's developments.
so now Rangel wants a delay in his ethics trial? thought he was anxious to clear his name?
Much about this hearing, which has been scheduled for weeks, seems to be a surprise to Rangel.
Rangel this AM asking for delay in ethics trial so he can hire a lawyer. Uh, what's he been doing the past few months? #slippedmymind
rangel is walking out? he's walking out!
Think of it as the Otter Strategy. All that was missing was his supporters humming a patriotic march as he walked out.
So, 106 new members of Congress come to Washington for orientation and they get to see ... that. #Rangel.