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Chaka Fattah

Court rules feds can look at Rep. Fattah's emails

PHILADELPHIA U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can't keep federal investigators out of his Gmail inbox by claiming a congressional privilege typically used to protect lawmakers from interference by the executive branch, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit clears the way for prosecutors to sift through seven years of the Philadelphia Democrat's private email as they prepare for his trial on racketeering conspiracy charges next year. Fattah who was charged in July with misusing campaign funds, charitable donations and federal grant money under his control has fought for months to block an FBI search...