Rep. Chaka Fattah Video: “We’re Going to Prove I’m Innocent”

Rep. Chaka Fattah Video: “We’re Going to Prove I’m Innocent”

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“I am innocent of each and every one of these allegations,” Congressman Chaka Fattah said confidently to a group of reporters outside of federal court in Philadelphia today.  He pled “not guilty” today in court. On July 29, the Congressman and others were charged in what federal prosecutors allege was a scheme to conceal payments and allegedly false Mayoral campaign contributions via false contracts through various entities.  

On July 29, the Congressman and others were charged in what federal prosecutors allege was a scheme to conceal payments for an alleged loan to finance a Mayoral campaign in 2007 via false contracts through various entities.

As recent corruption cases go, the charges brought by U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger are complex and would appear on first read to be difficult to explain easily in court.  Indictments of former Reps. Duke Cunningham, Gov. Bob McDonnell and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert feature details of corruption that feature a direct and clear path to the featured charges. The government’s allegations against Fattah are complex and stretch over almost eight years.

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In a video released this evening, the Congressman discuss the charges a day after it was reported that he wrote a letter to congressional leaders regarding what he believes are problems in the government’s case.  In the video Rep. Fatttah also pointed out several popular legislative initiatives he’s created over the years that have impacted the lives of his constituents.  

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Fattah is one of the most powerful members of Congress given his say in matters of Appropriations.  He is easily one of the most powerful African American members of Congress having had influence over federal spending targeted to problems disproportionately impacting Africa Americans. 

“We’re going to prove that I’m innocent of these charges,” Fattah says in the video. “I would never be involved in mindless illegality, you need to know as we move forward that, as has been said before, history is most qualified to reward us,” he went on to add.  The alleged charges in a 29-count indictment made public on July 29, 2015, also implicated former staff members and the former with crimes and links Fattah’s

The investigation of Fattah went on for at least eight years. 

Rep. Fattah wrote a letter asserting there have been, “misdeeds in multiple recent cases targeting Members of Congress,” to the Chair and ranking members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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  1. The number of scandals in American Politics is amazing and staggering from The White House to Local Office, no branch of government is immune. In fact, Congress has been dealing with scandals and corruption since its very inception….Here is a list of some scandals and corruption….Tom Delay: Money Laundering. In a 2014 ruling, Delay was formally acquitted of the charges. Although his political career may be over. Ironically, he appeared on ”Dancing With The Stars”……Congressional Post Office scandal involved a conspiracy to embezzle House Post Office money through stamps and postal vouchers to Congressman. The most dramatic outcome was the conviction of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, who pleaded guilty to sending explicit charges of mail fraud…..Anthony Weiner: scandal Sexting Controversy. He resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed that he was sending explicit photos of himself to an adult woman. He ran for New York in City Mayor in 2013 after the scandal broke. When once again details surfaced that he had sent more explicit photos under the alias”Carlos Danger.” Congress in particular has one of the most scandalous histories and it is well documented. Too many to mention.

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