U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah told a radio host that he is "provably innocent" and that he will not resign amid corruption allegations.
Fattah did not respond to any specific allegations contained in the federal indictment against him in a 10-minute interview with WURD-AM host Solomon Jones, calling the charges mere accusations.
"Just because someone says something doesn't make it so," Fattah said.
The interview came one week after Fattah was indicted in a federal corruption investigation.
According to the 85-page, 29-count indictment, Fattah and four associates accepted bribes in exchange for helping a campaign donor obtain an ambassadorship, enriched himself and others with federal grants, and violated campaign finance laws.
The charges spurred the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board to call for the congressman's resignation, arguing that he'll be so busy trying to prove his innocence that he won't have time for public service.
"I’ve been elected to serve out my term and I’m going to do that and I’m going to run for reelection," Fattah said.
The charges follow years of scrutiny. Fattah says federal investigators have been sniffing around for eight years.
Two political advisors, Gregory Naylor and Thomas Lindenfeld have pleaded guilty in related cases and are expected to testify against Fattah.
Fattah's son, Chaka Fattah Jr. was charged last year with bank fraud, tax evasion and overbilling the school district.
"The one thing I agree with the U.S. attorney on is that an indictment is merely an allegation," Fattah said -- echoing a common if legalistic refrain contained in the press releases of federal prosecutors.