Then-Attorney General Eric Holder, left, talked with Rep. Chaka Fattah, during a statue unveiling ceremony for civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall Feb. 27, 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
It’s not every day that a frequent White House guest and political ally of the president is indicted on public corruption charges. But Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., who was indicted Wednesday by the Department of Justice, has been to the White House dozens of times to meet with President Barack Obama, according to public visitor logs.
Fattah was charged in a 29-count indictment with a scheme to use federal grant money to help pay off a campaign debt, among other charges. Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz declined to comment on the indictment Wednesday, citing the administration’s policy of not commenting on criminal cases. Full story