In a surprising development it’s noted he’s a Democrat in the first sentence.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., the Democrat who represents a district that includes parts of Philadelphia, was indicted on Wednesday over allegations of political corruption.
According to the indictment, the government alleges that Fattah was involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy that included bribery, the illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.
“Public corruption by our elected officials and their associates undermines the American public’s confidence in our government,” Special Agent in Charge Akeia Conner of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Philadelphia Field Office said in a press release. “When our elected officials and their associates violate the law and create sophisticated financial schemes to enrich themselves, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, will work diligently with our fellow law enforcement partners to restore the public’s trust.”
The charges against Fattah and four other associates stem from Fattah’s failed 2007 campaign for mayor of Philadelphia. According to the indictment, Fattah and his associates allegedly borrowed $1 million from a wealthy supporter. When he lost, they allegedly returned the unused $400,000 and then arranged for a nonprofit that they controlled to pay out the remaining $600,000.
We doubt anyone will ask his good buddy Obama about his criminal pal.
It’s like just being in proximity to Obama is the kiss of death:
— Chaka Fattah (@chakafattah) July 14, 2015
Oh, and this is rather timely.
— CBCF Inc. (@CBCFInc) July 29, 2015
And more absurdities:
Mr. Fattah said the investigation had been going on for eight years, and he gave no indications that he planned to resign.
“This is not Deflategate,” Mr. Fattah said, referring to the controversy surrounding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s use of underinflated footballs.
Deflategate? Uh, what?
Update: The White House offered up this typical mealy-mouthed reaction.
The White House was not aware of an impending indictment on Rep. Chaka Fattah when the Pennsylvania Democrat traveled on Air Force One earlier this month with President Obama.
Fattah traveled with Obama and attended a July 14 speech the president gave in Philadelphia on criminal justice reform.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the White House was not aware of a pending indictment. He otherwise declined to comment on the charges brought against Fattah on Wednesday.
“I’m not going to have anything for you on that,” he said.