According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Rep. Fattah and his three co-defendants were found guilty under the RICO Act.
Fattah and three co-defendants guilty of RICO.
— U.S. Attorney EDPA (@USAO_EDPA) June 21, 2016
It is not immediately clear if Rep. Fattah will resign from Congress before January as he is under no legal obligation to do so.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 4th.
We’ll have more on this story to come.
UPDATE: Congressman Chaka Fattah has released the following statement:
“This is an extraordinarily difficult day for me and my family. A jury has decided that based on the evidence presented to them that I am guilty of charges presented by the government. Today’s decision notwithstanding, it has been my privilege to serve the constituents of the Second Congressional District for over 20 years. We have done important work and passed legislation that has helped tens of millions of young people achieve their dream of a college education, ensured that hundreds of thousands of families facing foreclosure have been able to remain in their homes, and millions suffering from brain related diseases now have hope that a cure or a treatment is closer today than yesterday. I continue to be proud of that record. While today’s outcome isn’t what we had hoped, I respect our nation’s judicial system. I want to thank the people of the Second Congressional District for the honor of serving them.”