House Speaker Paul Ryan stopped short of calling for the resignation of Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., who was convicted this week on racketeering charges.
"I hope Congressman Fattah thinks about what the right thing to do is and I will have more to say on this later on," Ryan told reporters.
Fattah was convicted on multiple corrupt charges stemming from his plan to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan. With the indictment hanging over him, he lost his primary earlier this year. But Democratic leaders have held off calling for his immediate resignation or expulsion.
"[Fattah] needs time to think it over and pray about it and sit down with his family and hopefully some clergy friends and make decisions based on logic more than politics," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told Politico. "I'm sure he is going through a lot of emotions right now. We ought to give him time to figure out what his best next steps should be for his future and family."