Tag Archives: Jeff Fortenberry

Former GOP Rep Gets Probation For Lying To The FBI

NBC News reports: Former Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation, a $25,000 fine and community service for lying to federal authorities about an illegal campaign contribution, on the same day that voters in his district were deciding on his replacement in a special election. Fortenberry, 60, sat quietly as a federal …

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Convicted GOP Rep Spent $1M In Campaign Donations To Defend Himself Against Campaign Donation Charges

The Daily Beast reports: A federal disclosure submitted last week shows the Fortenberry campaign chucking nearly a million dollars into a legal sea over the first three months of the year, about $100,000 more than it had in the bank to begin with. The vast majority of that money vanished into costs associated with the Republican’s failed legal defense, including …

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GOP Rep Resigns After Conviction On Three Felonies

The Nebraska Examiner reports: U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry announced his resignation on Saturday, stating that due to his conviction on three federal felonies, “I can no longer serve you effectively.” The resignation announcement comes two days after a jury in Los Angeles found the 61-year-old Republican guilty of two counts of lying to federal investigators probing illegal “conduit” campaign contributions …

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McCarthy: Newly Convicted GOP Rep Should Resign

Politico reports: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday suggested Rep. Jeff Fortenberry should resign from Congress, hours after the Nebraska Republican was convicted of lying to the FBI over illegal campaign contributions. “I think when someone’s convicted, it’s time to resign, ” McCarthy told reporters. “I am going to discuss with him today. I think he had his day …

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Republican US Rep Found Guilty Of Three Felonies

The Associated Press reports: U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was convicted late Thursday on charges that he lied to federal authorities about an illegal $30,000 contribution to his campaign from a foreign billionaire at a 2016 Los Angeles fundraiser. A federal jury in LA deliberated about two hours before finding the nine-term Republican guilty of concealing information and two …

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“Christian Defense” Group At Center Of GOP Rep’s Trial

Courthouse News Service reports: The first day of testimony in U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry’s trial over his alleged concealment of illegal campaign contributions looked at the passion he shared with a Nigerian-born, Parisian-based billionaire for protecting the interests of Christians in the Middle East. In Defense of Christians, referred to as “The Cause” by its members, is a Washington-based nonprofit, …

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GOP Opponents Weeded Out From GOP Rep’s Jury

Courthouse News Service reports: Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska may worry a little less about payback from outspoken opponents of his party’s politics as he goes on trial in Los Angeles — a Democratic stronghold — over illegal campaign contributions from a Parisian billionaire. At a lengthy jury selection Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld carefully questioned potential jurors …

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Trial Begins For GOP Rep Accused Of Lying To FBI

Courthouse News Service reports: Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry faces a criminal trial beginning Wednesday on charges of concealing and lying about campaign contributions from a Nigerian-born, Paris-based billionaire in 2016. Fortenberry, 61, stands accused of concealing the illegal contributions from Gilbert Charougy once he was made aware of them in 2018 and lying to federal investigators on two occasions when …

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GOP Rep: I Didn’t Lie To FBI, I’m Old And Was Confused

The Omaha World-Herald reports: In a blizzard of pretrial briefs Friday, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s attorneys are seeking to have the congressman’s full statement to the FBI played for jurors — both to show the repetitive questioning of government agents and the idea that Fortenberry was simply confused, rather than lying to agents. Attorneys for the embattled Fortenberry, 60, also want …

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Indicted GOP Rep Announces Reelection Bid [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Thursday announced he will seek reelection this year, despite his indictment last fall on multiple felony charges. The nine-term congressman announced his bid in a video shot from the inside of his 1963 Ford pickup truck. In the video, Fortenberry acknowledges “the difficulties of the past year,” but also touts several accomplishments. …

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Feds Have Indicted GOP Rep On Tape In Donations Case

The Daily Beast reports: There are tapes. That’s the news from a recent filing in federal court in the case against indicted Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), whose defense team acknowledged that the government made at least two recordings of the sitting congressman over the course of its investigation surrounding illicit campaign contributions from a Nigerian-Lebanese billionaire. But the tapes led …

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UPDATE: GOP Rep Indicted For Lying To The FBI

ABC News reports: U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska expects to be charged with lying to the FBI while federal agents were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire, the nine-term Republican said as he proclaimed his innocence and promised to fight the charges. In a YouTube video posted Monday night, Fortenberry said he was “shocked” and …

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GOP Rep: Send Money, Biden Is Having Me Prosecuted

Axios reports: The top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee’s agriculture panel raised money for a legal defense fund with claims he’s facing federal prosecution that a spokesperson later disavowed. On a fundraising page for a new legal expense fund — which was later taken off-line — Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) wrote: “[President] Biden’s FBI is using its unlimited power …

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GOP Rep Summoned Cops Just To Test Response Time

The Huffington Post reports: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) made two false calls for emergency help from U.S. Capitol Police last week ― just to see how long it would take for officers to arrive, according to two Capitol Police officers. Fortenberry told Capitol Police he wanted to test the duress button in his office, which signals an emergency situation. It …

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