Court Sets Trial For Indicted GOP Rep: February 2020

CNN reports:

A federal judge on Thursday set a trial date of Feb. 3, 2020, for the insider trading case in which Rep. Chris Collins, his son and another man are charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and false statements stemming from an alleged scheme centered on an Australian pharmaceutical company.

Collins, a Republican from Western New York state who was the first sitting congressman to back President Donald Trump’s bid for the White House, faces re-election next month in a tight race with Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.

The date set by US District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan federal court positions Collins’ trial in another congressional election year, when he will again face re-election if he retains his seat in November.

Prosecutors are fighting the judge’s order.