Rangel Behind the Scenes

We shot a compelling, on-camera interview with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), the incoming chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Cleaver, who is a pastor by training, says after the hearing, Rangel sought him out and asked Cleaver to pray with him.

Cleaver:This day is the saddest day in the life of Charlie Rangel.

Cleaver:I'm not sure there is anything they can do to him now that would exceed the pain and anguish.

Cleaver:He requested prayer.

Cleaver:Charlie Rangel is going to have to forget everything and move forward.

Cleaver:People would like him to suffer more.

Cleaver:He can't possibly have any joy in his heart.

In the basement of Longworth House Office Building, Rangel encountered Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), who has been leading the charge against him on the GOP said.

The two shook hands and spoke for a moment before boarding the elevators.

Rangel walked down the hallway to the hearing room then walked in by himself. He was not accompanied by any staff as I walked over with him through the Cannon House Office Building tunnel toward the Capitol. He stopped and paused for a moment to collect his thoughts and leaned on the rail in the Cannon tunnel and admired some of the student artwork that Congress displays there. Specifically lingered over the winning artwork from New York.

We get a "no comment" from Ethics Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Mike McCaul (R-TX) say "we're deliberating."

Then Rangel appears. He refuses to answer questions but says he shouldn't comment while they are debating. Then there is no elevator and he's stuck with this scrum of reporters, frantically searching for an elevator to get out of there.