Will Charlie Rangel Need 2nd Ethics Trial After Stealing $400K for Legal Defense

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Charlie Rangel stole $400,000 from a political action committee to pay for his legal defense.

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Congressman Charles Rangel, whose ethics trial starts tomorrow, appears to have improperly used political-action committee money to pay for his defense.

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Rangel tapped his National Leadership PAC for $293,000 to pay his main legal-defense team this year. He took another $100,000 from the PAC in 2009 to pay lawyer Lanny Davis.

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Two legal experts told The Post such spending is against House rules.

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“It’s a breach of congressional ethics,” one campaign-finance lawyer said.

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Washington, DC, political lawyer Cleta Mitchell said there is “no authority for a member to use leadership PAC funds as a slush fund to pay for personal or official expenses.”

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Leadership PACs are typically used by politicians to donate money to other candidates.

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Does this mean he’ll have a second trial to cover this act of theft, or will they roll the charges into this trial?