Democratic Philly Congressman Indicted on Racketeering Charges

Chakka FattahPennsylvania’s Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah has been indicted in a racketeering case, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced on Wednesday.

In a news conference, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced that Fattah and his associates are accused of taking part in five different “schemes” that were “intended to further their political and financial interests.”

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the charges include “accepting a $1 million illegal loan for Fattah’s 2007 mayoral campaign from a ‘wealthy supporter’ and then [repaying] some of it using ‘charitable and federal grant funds…’ Fattah is also accused of misappropriating funds from his mayoral and congressional campaigns to repay student loan debt for his son, Chaka ‘Chip’ Fattah Jr.”

Back in January, federal investigators asked a federal appeals court to grant them access to seven years of Fattah’s private emails. His lawyers tried to stop the subpoena, arguing that there were protected under the Constitution’s Speech and Debate Clause.

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