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New York Democrat Charles Rangel trys to settle his ethics case

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- New York Democrat Charles Rangel is making a desperate effort to settle his ethics case. A settlement would mean that Rangel agrees that he committed an ethical misconduct.

The talks were confirmed by people familiar with the situation, but who were not authorized to be quoted by name.

Rangel was formerly chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, but no longer holds that position due to an ethics charge earlier this year. A settlement would relieve him from an embarrassing ethics trial. Also, it would relieve the other Democrats, who fear that a dragged-out ethics proceeding would hurt their ability to maintain their House majority during the fall election campaign.

The ethics committee's trial phase has been scheduled to commence Thursday afternoon.

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