Rangel's troubles in Washington have not affected him back home in New York, where he has represented Harlem for decades. He easily won a crowded Democratic primary race in September and picked up almost 80 percent of the vote in the general election Nov. 2. The Harlem native defeated Republican Michael Faulkner and Independent Craig Schley to win reelection to his 21st term in the House.
Rangel's trial will be followed later this month by a similar proceeding for Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., beginning on Nov. 29.
Waters faces charges she broke House conduct rules through her role helping a minority-owned bank obtain federal bailout money during the financial collapse in September 2008. Waters' husband was a former board member of the bank and held more than $300,000 in stock at the time of the requested meeting.