"I would never do anything to embarrass my family or my constituents," Fattah said in a statement provided by his office in response to an interview request from The Inquirer.
The statement echoed a theme the congressman sounded Tuesday morning in a 16-minute radio appearance on WURD-900 AM, during which he declined to say whether he had played a role in receiving and repaying an illegal
"The one thing is, I'm not a lawyer, I'm not going to engage in it," Fattah said in response to a question from host
Federal prosecutors called the loan, from former
Meanwhile, House records show that Fattah's top aide on the
It could not be learned what, if any, connection that subpoena has to the ongoing criminal investigation involving Naylor.
Anderson-Lee was formerly Fattah's chief of staff, but became his director of appropriations in 2011, around the same time the congressman became the top Democrat on the subcommittee handling commerce, justice, science and related agencies.
House rules require members and congressional aides who are subpoenaed to notify the speaker. Fattah's office had no further information about the subpoena, a spokeswoman said.
Fattah had notified Boehner in March that his office had been subpoenaed by the same court for documents, but his letter then did not mention testimony. At that time, he vowed to fight part of the subpoena that sought material he said he believed was not relevant or was protected by congressional privilege.
Several times Tuesday, Fattah told Jones that the federal investigation has been going on for seven years.
"They looked at everything else I've ever touched or worked on," Fattah said. "They've been very enthusiastic in their efforts."
Jones, who began hosting a morning show on WURD Tuesday, was an advisor on Fattah's unsuccessful 2007 mayoral campaign and later worked part-time on his congressional staff from 2009 to 2013, federal records show.
Why would Naylor, a respected political operative, have pleaded guilty if the charges were baseless? Jones asked his former boss.
"We'll have to see how this unfolds, but you know, why someone did what they did is not something I can respond to," Fattah said. He added, "I'm prepared to be judged by my work."
Fattah also complained about the
He noted that federal investigations involving members of
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