GOP House Rep May Face Insider Trading Charges

USA Today reports:

Congressional ethics investigators have concluded there is “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.. engaged in insider trading and either took or requested official actions to benefit a company in which he’s the largest shareholder, according to a report issued Thursday. Those may violations of House rules, standards of conduct and federal law, the report states.

Collins, R-N.Y., — who was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — is a board member of the Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics. The report states Collins discussed Innate at a meeting at the National Institutes of Health in November 2013 and requested that an NIH employee meet with Innate employees to discuss clinical trial designs.

  • The_Wretched

    I wonder what he really did to upset someone. Congress critters regularly help their industry or businesses.

  • Treant

    Incoming pardon. Next!

    • Tawreos

      If Trump can’t convince them to support him he will buy their support.

  • Tawreos

    It won’t matter, the GOP sees no benefit to investigating their own members wrongdoing. If this was a Dem there would already be 14 special investigations happening to clean out corruption.

    • Tulle Christensen

      that reminds me is it not time for another Hillary email or Benghazi investigation /s

      • popebuck1

        I think they’re going to nail her on the Weinstein thing, for “failure to report.”

      • Tawreos

        I am surprised they haven’t had one in a while just to distract from their failures to push legislation through.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    A member of the GOP corrupt?? it must be another day in the week ending in ‘Y’

    On another subject, apologies for the O/T, but this is a perfect example of how those of us outside the U.S. feel. Take a listen, it’s so on point as to do damage….

    https://twitter.com/brianklaas/status/918458237267136512

    • GayOldLady

      Most of us are as horrified as you are and we live here.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Oh I know, my poor husbotter gets messages from his family almost daily regarding the shenanigans.

        • GayOldLady

          I’ve been having some health issues. Went to doc yesterday and bared my soul. My doc, who is also a friend, told me yesterday to “tune it out” for awhile, then we went on to have 15 minute conversation about Trump. She hates him as much as I do. But I have turned off CNN & MSNBC and have been watching TCM to see if it helps. My BP went back to normal within a few hours yesterday and my stomach has begun to calm down. I believe being caught up in it 24/7 is not healthy for a lot of us, especially those of us over 70.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Indeed. 24/7 news might have sounded great in the 90’s, but what it has wrought is anything but positive. Tuning out is a necessity. Keep well and remember to laugh and be silly, it definitely helps.

          • GayOldLady

            TY….Laughing is an important part of my life and I was born silly. 🙂

          • Prost Seattle

            Stay concerned, but ignore the details. Just know the sh!t show continues, and when you’re called to march, Call or write letters, we’ll give you a nudge. You’re better than these clowns, and you’re too valuable to us here at JMG.

          • GayOldLady

            That was a sweet thing to say, thank you.

          • Gustav2

            TCM is my refuge also. Some days I am only here, can’t watch MSNBC, and have TCM on all day.

          • JCF

            For me, it tends to be the Weather Channel (I know, climate change: the Real World intrudes).

            Or everything I have on my DVR right now! Am following a great podcast on my Show of Shows, Xena: Warrior Princess, so that’s giving me an excuse to watch them again.

          • Gustav2

            A coupe of weeks ago I had ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ on all day, then the other weekend Syfy had the first season of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ on so now have escaped thru season 2.

          • AmeriCanadian

            As a gay man no less, I found the actress who played Xena to be exceptionally hot!

          • JCF

            Well duh. 😉

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2fef20c1ba5b8128200db345f0feb8b18f4c48b7d7ea45720d0699164356cfe.jpg

            The incomparable Lucy Lawless. New Zealand’s gift to Planet Earth. (We are not worthy!) 😀

          • BlindBill

            I unplugged the TV years ago – never felt better

          • Jamie_Johnson

            I have counseled countless family members, friends and acquaintances to simply turn off the TV since election night. The constant barrage of insults, half-witted comments, and outright stupidity is enough to choke a horse — and that’s just from Trump’s twitter feed. Add in the Fox lies, the lunacy from Breitfart and InfoSmarm, and you have enough dung to call it a heap.

          • bambinoitaliano

            I cut out all network news. Only on internet and limited sites that I visit to get my daily news. There’s no way i can withstand the onslaught of the fucking moron assaulting the country and the world on a daily basis. Besides those networks are too slow in their reporting and pack too much of time wasting commercials.

          • bzrd

            I get a lot of news here at JMG thanks to those who post various interesting articles, no TV so more news from NPR

          • BearEyes

            I turn on Create (part of PBS) for at least a few hours every day – I love to cook anyway, but it gives me a mental break from work and news.

          • stuckinthewoods

            I had a similar experience. My doc confirmed Trump Stress is a “thing” she’s seeing. Then she told me I could see her car behind DeAndre Harris being beaten in the garage in Charlottesville – which didn’t help. You can’t tune it out, you can only tune it down.

        • Jamie_Johnson

          Husbotter!

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Yup

    • Princess Lardass

      “Can you just begin to make some sense of this for me?”

      No. I can’t. This white male, iokiyar priviledge is beyond me.

    • JCF

      Here ya go, Mr O’Brien: “IOKIYAR” (It’s OK If You Are Republican). It’s double plus-good OK if you are Donald Trump.

      Somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the U.S. electorate applies a completely different standard of behavior, to a known liberal like Weinstein (“How dare he!!!” Completely justified, BTW).

      For Republicans (similarly accused), it’s 1) Deny, deny, deny (“Fake News!”), then 2) Blame the Victim (“those sluts [in the presence of Our Rethug Hero] wanted it”), and 3) “But What About???” [Squirrel! “Don’t look at Drumpf’s sexual assaults, look at Weinstein’s! Look at (alleged) Bill Clinton’s!”] and finally 4) “Hey, at least he repented—which those Godless Liberals NEVER do!”

      O’Brien is looking at the USA, and seeing “Americans” (aka “Bloody Yanks”). He’s missing that the USA is divided into two completely different TRIBES, Red and Blue. The Red Tribe’s “morality” (such as it is—a much longer discussion) is utterly *hypocritically applied*. IOKIYAR.

  • netxtown

    Glad they are tracking down these nasty offenders. I mean, his is so blatant. What a fucking crook! …..not anything like donnie staying or playing at a trump property. /s

  • William

    When will charges be filed against former Secretary Price?

    • ultragreen

      (crickets chirping at Session’s DOJ)

  • JCF

    Lock Him Up!

    [Wasn’t Collins one of the very first DrumpfenKorp? ETA: oh, the story says so. Next time, JCF, read THEN post!]

    • Canadian Observer

      I think we have all done that, at one time or the other.

  • shellback

    Endorsed Dump … check
    Insider trading … check
    Deer caught in headlights look … check
    Repubican … check

  • Vira

    Is this the same guy who was caught trolling on Craigslist a few years ago, soliciting women who were not his wife for sexual acts?

    Update: No, different Republican. Christopher Lee was the upstate Republican forced by liberals to solicit sex via Craigslist.

  • another_steve

    You mean rules and ethics still count in Washington D.C.?

    Hasn’t Donald Trump signed an executive order abolishing them?

    • bambinoitaliano

      He did, but walk out without signing like he did dozens of time.

  • JWC

    Aw he is OK he has the big red R behind his name so he is exemnpt from all laws

  • Sam_Handwich

    LOCK HIM UP!!!!

  • MikeBx2

    OT Is this to honor American Farmers or Farmers for Trump?
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/918571860308254720

    • ultragreen
      • JWC

        That one , over in the back, is that Eric?

        • greenmanTN

          I don’t think so. It has a chin.

      • fuzzybits

        Maligning those poor pigs!

    • Tulle Christensen

      With Trump pushing coal and oil, their bio fuel dreams have been burned to the ground

      • PickyPecker

        i live in the corn, so to speak. Farmers here have seen their Ethanol subsidies shrink substantially in the last 3-4 years. It is no longer the ‘cash crop’ it was there for a while.
        It’s just too bad that the DOA has, over time, locked most of these farmers financially into producing either corn or soy; corn or soy; every damned year. SO many more valuable crops out there that can be grown easily and in some cases, crops are perennial.

        • greenmanTN

          Keep in mind I’m mostly uninformed about this, but is HFCS a biproduct of ethanol production, which is why it has become so ubiquitous in American food, a cheap filler?

          • PickyPecker

            Not entirely sure on numbers and such, but I know HFCS is extracted during a ‘wet mill,’ and I’m pretty sure most of the corn used in ethanol procution is done by ‘dry mill.’
            Around here where I am……all the corn is either A) for ethanol or B) seed. Hardly anyone grows sweet corn anymore.

          • fuzzybits

            Same here. Small window to get it but we didn’t even get any silver queen corn this year.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Well, your’e not wrong.
            But,the corn is resold by the ethanol plants as protein ( Livestock feed known a DDGS ) to farmers after the starch for making ethanol is removed.
            Also, the subsides for farmers occur in help with Insurance premiums for row crops, corn, beans mainly.

            Their current economic problems are from a glut of overproduction. $8 corn encouraged world wide production which now, has brought us $3.50 corn. ( Local basis is well under $ 3. now. )

          • PickyPecker

            I cannot wait for dRUMPf to tear up NAFTA and then MX can look elsewhwere for buying corn and byproducts. OR, better yet, put their own land back into corn production.
            THAT’LL show them librul cucks! lol

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            MEX is looking to source from Brazil already. Even willing to pay more in Freight.. Sad 🙂

          • Gustav2

            What ever happened to ‘winter wheat?’

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Still lots of WW is planted. The trouble is it is harvested in early summer, so they then have a chance to double crop.
            So they spray RoundUp on it to kill it as soon as the seed is ready.

          • Gustav2

            I haven’t seen any in Wyandot Co Ohio for years.

          • thatotherjean

            And we can start looking elsewhere, and more expensively, for all the goods, including a huge amount of agricultural products, that we buy from Mexico. Donnie is a dumbass.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            We had HFC long before ethanol actually

          • greenmanTN

            Hey, I never said I knew what I was talking about! 😉

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            oh Ok !! 🙂

        • GayOldLady

          I saw all that corn. I didn’t know there was that much corn in the world. I simply couldn’t believe it. Corn for miles and miles and miles and the only time it wasn’t corn it was soy. I was gobsmacked by the sight of it.

          • Gustav2

            For thirty years, every other ‘weekend in the county’ looked like that visiting the in-laws. Only in the winter did the view from the screened front porch finally change. lol

            When it snowed the fields were great for snowmobile races.

          • fuzzybits

            That’s how it looks at both of my sisters houses.

          • Stev84

            All turned into delicious high fructose corn syrup which is put it into all kinds of food. Even if it doesn’t need it.

          • Tulle Christensen

            yea but high fructose corn syrup just does not bring in the same cash flow

          • fuzzybits

            Yay,yum-o!

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            The vast majority of corn is turned into Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, goose, dog, cat and people food.

          • edrex

            the rest is turned into actual cows, pigs, chickens and humans.

          • Prost Seattle

            O/T (sorta) So I travel to Europe a lot. I had some French fries in AMS and instead of the frites sauce (sort of a sweetish mayonnaise) I had ketchup. Holy tomato flavor Batman! It was such a deep rich tomato flavor. I took a packet home with me (this was Heinz catsup mind you) and did a blind taste test with friends and hubby. Every last one of us said the Amsterdam ketchup was far superior. It actually tasted like tomatoes. Whodathunk?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Is it because most of Europe have banned GMO’s ?

            Tomatoes are tasteless in America.

          • grada3784

            After all, there are plenty of tasteless people in America too.

          • thatotherjean

            We also add sugar. Who the hell needs sugar in ketchup?

    • Tread

      Bunch of old stupid white fucks. I grew up around idiots like this and boy do I fucking despise them.

      • PickyPecker

        They’re going to be sorry they supported the orange dingleberry.

        • Tread

          No they won’t. That’s the good thing about being an idiot. You can always claim you were duped and never face any consequences.

      • MikeBx2

        In the rural farming area where I live and not all that long ago, all the farmers were Democrats. Then suddenly, they all started voting against their own interests. It’s still confounding to me.

        • Tread

          When did that happen? Around 2008?

          • MikeBx2

            Goes back further. They were Clinton Democrats, then Bush Repubs. But I get your point. 😉

          • Tread

            Yeah, that’s when I saw the big sea change in the farmers in my area. I think they saw themselves in Bush, which is why they liked him so much. He pulled a fast one on them, didn’t he, with his hokey Texas bullshit?

        • jerry

          It’s been coming for some time…the GOP took over the Farm Bureau in the early ’90s, just like they did NRA. They’ve had a couple decades of “the evil EPA is going to regulate you out of business”, or “you’ll have to sell off the farm if we don’t get rid of the estate tax”.
          Both Farm Bureau and NRA will also get involved in GOP issues that have nothing to do with farms or guns, such as anti-union/anti-worker protection, or abortion. The Farm Bureau used to be the voice of family farmers, but is now mainly pro corporate farms.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Same 🙁

    • greenmanTN

      Coots for Codger!

    • thatotherjean

      There’s little doubt that they’ll back Donnie until their health insurance goes away, or if Trump screws over Mexico and/or Canada, so they can’t sell what they grow or raise. It’ll be too late then, until we can elect another Democrat to clean up the Republicans’ messes. It’s what they do.

  • popebuck1

    What? “Insider trading laws”? You mean to tell me they still enforce those silly old things? Here I thought they were just quaint, like those old laws saying you’re forbidden from playing the banjo on a Sunday.

  • greenmanTN
  • Ninja0980

    This asshole represents the reddest district in NY.
    He is just as bigoted and racist as anyone in Congress so it would be a joy to watch him go down in flames.

  • gaycuckhubby

    OT…
    Get this woman some more leadership positions and national attention!

    https://twitter.com/EmmyA2/status/918565043800649728

    • bzrd

      Thank you for posting this fine article about Senator Gillibrabd, certainly one to follow closely

      • gaycuckhubby

        She’s my frontrunner 🙂

  • safari

    O/T: Victoria Jackson thinks calling for universal healthcare makes people Hitler
    https://twitter.com/Wonkette/status/918575786751414272

  • So when’s Tom Price going to face similar charges for his healthcare stock insider trading, which he engaged in for years while he served on the House health committee?

    • fuzzybits

      Looking into infinity.

    • safari

      Never. Last I checked the House lawyers were claiming that the executive branch (DOJ) could do nothing about Congressional insider trading since that would violate the separation of powers. Everything is in the court of Congress as far as I know.

      • Tread
      • So basically one set of rules for some politicians and no rules for others.

        • grada3784

          Of course. In the Menendez trial, the government rested its case, accusing Menendez of doing the same as the other politicians.

          Congress should hold it sessions in a dark dungeon somewhere.

  • fuzzybits
  • Tawreos

    He can’t be in trouble for insider trading, he isn’t a woman and I doubt that he is gay. They must have made a mistake.

    • AmeriCanadian

      He has either pissed off the wrong person(s), missed a payment, or voted the wrong way once too many times. It isn’t because he actually broke a law.

      • FelineMama

        “FAKE ACCUSATIONS”, I tell ya!!! I learned this from da prezidint.
        All the hands in the cookie jar & everyone is shocked when the jar ends up EMPTY with a lot of fingerprints. Step right up next gop for YOUR turn!

  • greenmanTN
  • agcons

    His “shocked face” in that photo is even more shocked looking than mine right now.

    • FelineMama

      That’s the face of someone that got BUSTED!! HA HA HA HA!!

  • Matt G, Rochester

    I used to live in his district. Now, I’m in Louise’s. Even though the state legislature gerrymandered both districts to protect the incumbents, his district is a good candidate to be flipped. Someone needs to tie this around him and the party very tightly.

  • stuckinthewoods

    These accusations sound similar to what VA Gov. Bob McDonnell was accused of and which eventually took him down. (It was even suggested his benefactor’s company’s tobacco derived supplement be tested on state employees.)

  • Jack

    MY rep. And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. Not that long since Chris Lee got himself in a pickle.