House Republicans were heading toward a down-in-the-dumps holiday. Then the House ethics committee handed them a gift.The word from the Speaker's office--
The committee’s investigation of U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel’s tax problems is expanding, turning what had been a minor headache for Democratic leaders into a New Year’s migraine.
The expanded probe will examine whether Rangel helped preserve a lucrative tax break that benefited an oil-drilling company last year, while its chief executive was pledging $1 million to a college center named in the representative’s honor.
The ethics committee also is looking at Rangel’s use of congressional stationery; using four rent-stabilized apartments in a Harlem apartment building, and not reporting or paying taxes on $75,000 in rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic.
Oh sorry, there is no word from Pelosi.