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Rangel 'Not Very' Optimistic About A Deal

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, attends a memorial service for the late Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2010. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, attends a memorial service for the late Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2010. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) – Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel says he is not very optimistic that he will avoid a House trial on ethics violations.

Rangel told reporters after an event with Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday that he is hoping for an agreement.

But he said he’s “not very” optimistic that will happen. He said what he is hoping for is the truth to be revealed.

A House ethics panel charged Rangel with 13 violations last month.

Unless he reaches a deal, he faces a public trial.

He’s accused of accepting several New York City rent stabilized apartments, and omitting information on his financial disclosure forms. He’s also accused of failing to pay taxes from a rental property in the Dominican Republic, and improperly soliciting money for a college center to be named after him.

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