UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Submits Resignation
Written by WURD Radio on June 21, 2016
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, convicted on Tuesday of 29 counts of racketeering and corruption charges, submitted his formal resignation to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on June 22.
The letter, pictured below, indicates that Fattah’s intention to leave office on October 3 — the day before he is set to be sentenced. It was reported on June 23 that his resignation is to be effective immediately.
On June 21, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was convicted in the racketeering and corruption case brought against him in 2015. Fattah was found guilty of all 29 counts of his indictment, including racketeering, fraud and money laundering charges.
The Congressman will be sentenced on October 4 and is free on bail until then. He has indicated the he and his lawyers intend to appeal the conviction.
The case focused in large part on what prosecutors characterized as a $1 million loan associated with Fattah’s 2007 mayoral campaign, as well as a variety of machinations to conceal the source and repayment of the loan.
Fattah’s lawyers argued from the very beginning of the case that the perpetrators of the schemes he was accused of were actually two political consultants who acted without his knowledge or approval.
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