Rep. Charles Rangel contends that he signed a plea deal on ethics charges but that Republicans sought a trial on his ethics charges, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Rangel told Harlem leaders that Republicans' insistence on a trial foiled the deal.
"He said he had signed an agreement. He was ready to go, but I guess politics came into play," Assemblyman Keith Wright, D-Manhattan, said at a Harlem district meeting on Saturday.
A spokesman for Rangel, who faces 13 ethics violations, would not confirm whether a proposed deal was signed, and the House Ethics Committee hasn't yet commented.
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