In recent weeks, dispite Ethics Committee findings, Democrats on the Hill have been standing by Congressman Charlie Rangle. One Democrat who wishes not to be identified said, Rangel would not be asked to step down unless his presence as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee is toxic for Democrats in the November Elections.

Friday at the White House, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about controversies surrounding Congressman Charlie Rangel and the Ethics Committees findings.

Q And the last thing, does the President agree with Speaker Pelosi’s decision to keep Chairman Rangel in his position, given the Ethics Committee findings? 


MR. GIBBS: Look, Savannah, I think that — the President is not going to get involved in internal House matters as it relates to Chairman —



Q Does he have an opinion about it?



MR. GIBBS: Well, I would say this. The President has worked on ethics reform as a state senator, as a United States senator, and has proposed and enacted reforms as President. He has said many times in those debates that he believes that rules are put in place for a reason, and that those rules can and must apply to each and every person. He would expect that members of both the House and the Senate understand and ought to be accountable for following those rules and that any violations would be acted on by the House and the Senate as appropriate — and that applies to everyone.

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