Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) just received one of the longest prison sentences for any member of Congress in history!
After being found guilty on 22 counts of corruption, Fattah will now be behind bars for a decade:
It may not surprise you to hear there are literally dozens of members of Congress who have been convicted of crimes, either while in office or after.
Some have paid fines, or served probation, or resigned from their jobs. But among those who have gone to prison, most have been sentenced to two or three years. Very few have received a sentence as long as the one former representative Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) just received: A Pennsylvania judge sentenced him Monday to 10 years in prison after he was convicted in June of a slew of bribery and federal corruption charges related to an illegal $1 million loan he took out for a failed 2007 mayoral run. (Fattah defiantly fought the charges but subsequently became the first 2016 incumbent member of Congress to lose his primary and resigned days after jurors convicted him.)
It’s the second-longest prison sentence for someone who served in Congress, at least that we’re aware of. Here are some other notable lengthy prison sentences for congresspeople — and, bonus!: the longest prison sentences for any U.S. politician.
The judge showed disgust and outrage that Fattah turned his back on the same people who elected him to Congress:
In delivering his sentence, Bartle acknowledged the good Fattah did as a public servant for 37 years, including his time as a state lawmaker. But, he said, that helped make the “depth and duration” of Fattah’s criminal conduct “so astonishing.”
“It is appropriate that that a sentence here be crafted to serve as a warning to others considering taking the path that you did,” the judge told Fattah.
Outside the courthouse after the sentencing, Fattah thanked his family and legal team for their support, but declined to comment on the 10-year term.
Inside the courtroom, Fattah had addressed Bartle after 10 witnesses urged the judge to consider the totality of Fattah’s career in determining a sentence.
As the Observer reminds us, Fattah – who endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign – was found guilty of the same types of crimes Hillary Clinton was involved in. This extensive sentence should make Hillary Clinton nervous!
Fattah formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in February, shortly before losing his primary bid for re-election in April. He has been a Clinton loyalist for decades, standing by the Clintons amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the 1990s, and even helping Bill Clinton coordinate DNC fundraising trips to Philadelphia shortly after he admitted to perjury. “He can be a public servant without being perfect,” Fattah told Philly.com in 1998.
Fattah isn’t the first Clinton superdelegate to be convicted under corruption charges. Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was convicted of corruption in November 2015, had close ties to Hillary Clinton while she served as senator of New York. In 2008, Clinton called Silver, who played an important role in convincing Clinton to run for Senate in New York after Bill Clinton’s presidency ended, “a stalwart voice on behalf of the needs of New Yorkers.”
Silver formally resigned from serving as a superdelegate in March 2016, and Congressman Fattah should do the same. Both Fattah and Silver still maintain their innocence, a tactic perfected by Hillary Clinton over the years—to constantly deny wrongdoing despite the overwhelming evidence suggesting otherwise.
A number of Clinton’s close associates have been exposed for corruption. Several weeks ago, it was revealed that Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is currently under federal investigation over questionable contributions to his 2013 campaign for governor—including $120,000 from a wealthy Chinese businessman McAuliffe introduced to Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser in her home. Clinton’s 2008 campaign co-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has also been informally removed from her position as DNC chair, and faces losing her seat in Congress to primary challenger Tim Canova after the backlash that erupted over Wasserman Schultz’s overt favoritism for Clinton throughout the 2016 Democratic primaries.[…] The State Department inspector general reported in May 2016 that Clinton never had authorization to use a private email server during her service as secretary of state, debunking the defense she and her supporters have been using for over a year to dismiss the issue.
It’s clear that we have entered a new era of politics in America. The political elites have suffered a massive defeat, and now the law is catching up with them.
Hillary Clinton sold access to the Secretary of State’s office and put America’s national security at risk. It’s time to prosecute Hillary Clinton, now.
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