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People familiar with the Waters investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges that had not been announced, told the AP the allegations could be made public next week.

Republicans already were on the attack.

The GOP’s campaign arm, the National Republican Campaign Committee, released a list of Democrats who have not returned campaign contributions they received from Rangel during their careers and said those lawmakers would face questions about the matter from constituents during the August break.

Rep. Gene Green, the Texas Democrat who led the four-member bipartisan panel of investigators, told reporters that his committee recommended a relatively mild punishment for Rangel: reprimand, a statement of wrongdoing voted by the whole House that carries no other penalty.

But that’s not what some lawmakers, including Democrats, view as adequate.

“If at the trial’s conclusion Mr. Rangel is found guilty by his peers, then he should incur the full punishment allowed by the House, including removal from office,” said Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala.


AP writer Larry Margasak contributed to this report.