Indicted congressman Fattah loses latest fight over emails

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 2, 2015 3:05 PM

In this photo taken May 7, 2015, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa. speaks in Philadelphia. A powerful House committee is weighing legislation that would slash funds for Amtrak by 18 percent just hours after a deadly train crash in Philadelphia. Fattah, a Democrat representing Philadelphia, is expected to offer a $1.3 billion amendment to fully fund Obama's Amtrak's request but it's likely to fail because it would break budget limits. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- Indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has lost another round in his fight to keep Justice Department investigators out of his private email account.

Fattah's lawyer says the congressman uses the Gmail account for both private and government business.

A federal appeals court panel has said he can't invoke a congressional privilege aimed at keeping the executive branch at bay.

Now the full appeals court in Philadelphia Tuesday has declined to review that decision.

Fattah would have to appeal to the Supreme Court if he hopes to prevail.

Lawyer Luther Weaver III says Fattah hasn't decided his next move.

The Justice Department wants access to seven years of Fattah emails before the fraud trial set for May.

The 10-term Democrat is charged with misusing campaign funds, charitable donations and federal grant money.

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