Top House Democrats are wrestling over whether they should demand the resignation — or seek his expulsion from Congress — of Rep. Chaka Fattah, the longtime Pennsylvania Democrat convicted Tuesday on an array of federal corruption charges.
On Tuesday, a federal jury found Fattah guilty of bribery, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud and making false statements about a criminal scheme that began with Fattah’s unsuccessful attempt to become mayor of Philadelphia.
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In the past, lawmakers found guilty of similar criminal acts resigned or were expelled by their colleagues if they didn’t voluntarily leave office. The same could happen to Fattah, although the abbreviated congressional calendar due to an election year makes it more difficult to move quickly against the veteran Democrat.
In a statement released by his office, Fattah gave no sign that he was ready to step down, which would shift the burden to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other senior Democrats to take action.