From the Daily News:
The top lawyer on the House panel weighing ethics charges against embattled Harlem Rep. Charlie Rangel said Monday he found "no evidence of corruption."
"Do I believe that based on the record that Congressman Rangel took steps to benefit himself based on his position in Congress? No," head counsel Blake Chisam said.
"I believe that the congressman, quite frankly, was overzealous in many of the things he did. And sloppy in his personal finances."
Chisam's remarks were good news for Rangel, who has been hit with 13 ethics charges.
But the raspy-voiced Democrat wasn't in the chamber to hear Chisam - he stormed out just as the hearing was getting underway and his staffers said he would not return.
Despite having had months to prepare, Rangel showed up without a lawyer and claimed he was too broke to hire one.
Rangel said he paid some $2 million to Washington law firm of Zuckerman Spaeder before they parted company last month - and needed time to raise another $1 million to hire new lawyers for this hearing.