Nebraska GOP Congressman Jeff Fortenberry resigned from Congress on Saturday after being found guilty of lying to the FBI.
“Due to the difficulties of my current situation, I can no longer effectively serve you,” Fortenberry said in a statement.
Kevin McCarthy joined Speaker Pelosi and called on Fortenberry to resign.
“I think when someone is convicted, it’s time to resign,” McCarthy told reporters, according to Politico.
“Congressman Fortenberry’s suffrage represents a breach of public trust and confidence in his ability to serve. No one is above the law, “Pelosi, a lifelong scoundrel who mysteriously earned millions of dollars as a member of Congress, said Friday.
Fortenberry was convicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles of three criminal counts – one count of falsifying and concealing material information and two counts of making false statements (each count carries five years).
Fortenberry’s lawyers argued in court that the FBI had persuaded Congressman to give two interviews – then charged him with failing to remember all the details of a conversation he had with an FBI informant about illegal campaign donations.
Defense attorneys say the FBI has “set up” Fortenberry to send foreign money to members of Congress following a national investigation. – Reported by AP.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will call a special election to fill Fortenberry’s vacant seat.
Fortenberry will be sentenced on June 26.
Post-breaking: GOP representative Fortenberry resigns from Congress after appearing in The Gateway Pundit for the first time after being found guilty of lying to the FBI about his foreign campaign contributions.