Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican, is facing three federal indictments, which were announced Tuesday by the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
A tweet from the Los Angeles-based office of the Justice Department indicated that Mr Fortenberry was charged with “illegal contributions to the 2016 campaign” during an investigation into two counts of lying to FBI agents and one of concealing “material facts” from investigators. was alleged.
Mr Fortenberry denied the allegations in a video message released hours before the indictment was dropped, claiming in a YouTube video: “We are shocked and shocked. I personally feel very cheated. We thought we were trying to help. And now we have to fight.”
“We will fight these allegations,” the Congressman said. “I didn’t lie to them. I told them what I knew.”
In the video, Mr Fortenberry acknowledges that the Nigerian businessman’s contribution to his campaign was illegal, but claims he “knew nothing about it” at the time, adding that the perpetrators were “caught And punished, thankfully”.
Bound by House Republican caucus rules, Nebraska Republicans will temporarily lose their seats on the House Appropriations Committee; He could also potentially face actions from the House Ethics Committee.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Congressman