The political headline of the week that had to give Hillary Clinton more than a cold shiver

A Democratic Pennsylvania congressman and Hillary Clinton supporter was sentenced to a decade behind bars on charges of corruption.

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Chaka Fattah was found guilty of 22 counts of corruption and sentenced by a judge on Monday to serve 10 years in federal prison, one of the longest sentences for any member of Congress in history, according to The Washington Post.

Fattah, who was charged with fraud and money laundering, spent over two decades in Congress before he lost the primary this year. Loyal to the Clinton’s for decades, the superdelegate endorsed the former Democratic presidential nominee in February.

As the Observer noted at the time of his conviction, Fattah’s sentence should make Clinton nervous as he was charged for some of the same types of crimes she has been accused of:

“Just as her associates steadily receive the justice their years of corruption call for, Hillary Clinton’s long record of playing loose and fast with the rules will come back to haunt her. The Clintons have been leading the charge in the increasing influence big money has in the political system, at great peril to the American public, but their hubris in thinking they can continuously break the rules and get away with it to propel their own political careers and the interests of their donors will eventually backfire.”

Fattah’s son, Chaka Fattah Jr. is serving a five-year prison term in another fraud case from last year, CBS News reported. His wife, Chenault-Fattah, who is also a lawyer, resigned from her job after 25 years with WCAU-TV.

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