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. Fattah, whose visits to the White House did not end during the lengthy federal investigation into the financial dealings surrounding his failed 2007 campaign to be mayor of Philadelphia, is listed as having been to the White House 33 times under the name Chaka Fattah, and variants of that name appear several more times in the logs (for comparison, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has made at least 117 White House visits through 2014).