Tuesday, Jul 12 2016
The Rotunda Podcast
Rep. Corrine Brown addresses the media outside the Federal Courthouse, Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP
TALLAHASSEE — In a statement posted on her campaign website, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown suggested her indictment last week on fraud-related charges is part of a larger problem with a legal system that targets black people.
"I’m not the first black elected official to be persecuted and, sad to say, I won’t be the last,” she wrote.
Brown, a Democrat, and her chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, were hit with a 24-count federal indictment Friday related to their involvement with an education group that federal officials say is a scam. Prosecutors say that Brown used her official post as a member of Congress to solicit $800,000 in donations. That money, according to the indictment, was used on personal items. Read more in POLITICO