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U.S. Representative Fortenberry, found guilty of lying, to resign

World Mar 26, 2022 06:35PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Jeff Fortenberry, (R-NE) speaks during testimony by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a hearing on the State Department's budget request for 2020 in Washington, U.S. March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry, who was convicted of lying to FBI investigators about illegal contributions to his 2016 re-election campaign, said on Saturday that he would be resigning from Congress.

Following a trial in Los Angeles federal court, the jury found Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska, guilty of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts, along with two counts of making false statements to federal investigators.

In a statement, Fortenberry said he would be resigning shortly because of difficulties in his "current circumstances."

Prosecutors had accused Fortenberry of lying to investigators during two interviews in 2019 about $30,000 in campaign contributions he received in 2016 from Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury.

Federal law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to federal election campaigns.

Fortenberry's lawyers said he did not mean to mislead FBI agents but was caught off-guard by their interview request and suffered from a faulty memory.

Fortenberry, 61, has served in Congress since 2005.

The three felony charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 28 before U.S. District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld in Los Angeles.

U.S. Representative Fortenberry, found guilty of lying, to resign
 

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gab nea
gab nea Mar 27, 2022 7:47AM ET
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another republican sleaze bag, they are well tolerated and supported by the crazies party.
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gab nea Mar 27, 2022 7:47AM ET
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why do you tolerated liars? no education? stop banning books Taliban like.
Md Raji
Md Raji Mar 27, 2022 6:39AM ET
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Arrest all liers of America to make the world better.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Mar 26, 2022 11:02PM ET
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Lying is modus operandi for republicans
Joel Bennett
Joel Bennett Mar 26, 2022 10:29PM ET
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If we’re going to start arresting politicians for lying, we’re going to be awfully busy.
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Alan Rice Mar 26, 2022 7:52PM ET
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Oh yeah. "Faulty Memory Syndrome". (Usually flys like a slug.)
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And yet the FBI and everyone else are still in business after lying about Hunter’s laptop.
 
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