Felon GOP Rep Seeks Fourth Prison Delay Over COVID

Roll Call reports:

Former Rep. Chris Collins, who was sentenced to over two years in federal prison for insider trading and lying to the FBI, is asking Judge Vernon S. Broderick to push his report date back to Oct. 13, marking the fourth time the New York Republican has asked to delay his reporting date amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Collins, 70, was originally scheduled to report to FPC Pensacola in Florida on March 17. However, a processing lag with the Bureau of Prisons delayed that date to April and then the coronavirus pandemic provided an avenue for Collins to request subsequent delays.

He is currently set to report to the minimum security prison camp on Aug. 18, a nine-hour drive from his San Marco Island home, where among his neighbors is former Speaker John A. Boehner.

Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump in 2016. The second was Duncan Hunter, who is also bound for prison.