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Indictment accused Nebraska congressman of lying to FBI

BREAKING: A federal grand jury has indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, accusing him of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents. The Republican has said he will fight the charges.

10/20/2021 12:24:00 AM

BREAKING: A federal grand jury has indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska , accusing him of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents. The Republican has said he will fight the charges.

OMAHA , Neb. (AP) — A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska , accusing him of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents who were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire.

The indictment stems from an FBI investigation into $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions from Gilbert Chagoury. The contributions were funneled through a group of Californians from 2012 through 2016 and went to four U.S. politicians, including $30,200 to Fortenberry in 2016 and $10,000 to then-Rep. Lee Terry, who represented the Omaha area in 2014.

The indictment alleges that a cohost of the 2016 fundraiser told Fortenberry that the donations probably did come from Chagoury, but Fortenberry never filed an amended campaign report with the Federal Election Commission as required. It says he later “made false and misleading statements” to federal investigators during the March 23, 2019 interview.

ADVERTISEMENTAccording to the indictment, Fortenberry falsely told investigators that he wasn’t aware of an associate of Chagoury being involved in illegal contributions, that the donors were publicly disclosed and that he wasn’t aware of any contributions from a foreign national. headtopics.com

In a second interview in July 2019, the indictment says Fortenberry denied that he was aware of any illicit donation made during the 2016 fundraiser.In aYouTube videoposted Monday night, Fortenberry said he was “shocked” and “stunned” by the allegations and asked his supporters to rally behind him. Knowingly making false statements to a federal agent is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

“We will fight these charges,” he said in the video, filmed inside a 1963 pickup truck with his wife, Celeste, and their dog, against a backdrop of corn. “I did not lie to them. I told them what I knew. But we need your help.”Fortenberry’s campaign has said he didn’t know the donations, which the campaign received during a fundraiser in Los Angeles, originated with Chagoury.

Fortenberry, of Lincoln, said FBI agents from California came to his home about 2 1/2 years ago after he had been out dealing with a major storm that had just hit Nebraska. He said they questioned him about the contributions then and in a follow-up interview.

“I told them what I knew and what I understood,” he said.Fortenberry represents the state’s 1st Congressional District, a heavily Republican area that includes Lincoln, surrounding farmland and small towns in eastern Nebraska. Fortenberry was first elected to the seat in 2004. He won his last election in 2020 with 60% of the vote and has generally defeated Democratic challengers by lopsided margins. headtopics.com

His statement that he expected to be indicted was first reported by theOmaha World-Herald.His wife, Celeste, said in a statement emailed to supporters that the anticipated indictment “has all the marks of being a political attack, a bogus charge manufactured to take him out.”

The FBI investigation began during the administration of former President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican. Celeste Fortenberry said her husband spoke with the agents voluntarily, without a lawyer, because he was under the impression that the agents needed his help to get to the bottom of the case.

She said he later called his friend, attorney and former congressman Trey Gowdy, for legal representation. She said her husband sat for another interview with agents in Washington and was repeatedly assured that he was not a target of the investigation.

She said they heard only “radio silence” from prosecutors until the Biden administration replaced the Trump administration in the U.S. attorney’s office, and prosecutors notified them that they were poised to seek charges.She said the U.S. attorney involved is “in the running for a big promotion, and don’t forget the mid-term elections right around the corner for control of the House.” headtopics.com

___Associated Press writer Josh Funk contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »

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Oops nice hair. Hair is important in a politician Your friend seems to be in trouble kohenari According to the indictment, Fortenberry falsely told investigators he wasn’t aware of an associate of Chagoury being involved in illegal contributions. He also allegedly said that his donors were publicly disclosed and he wasn’t aware of any contributions from a foreign national

A “Nigerian billionaire” is this a joke? Like one of those emails and he fell for it 😂 Throw his crooked a** in jail! Fight = plea bargain and crawl away with tail between legs. Republicans have been stuffing Partisan activists into the Federal courts in record numbers for JUST such an occasion. Sue to block/overturn/delay everything. Years later, when it lands before the SC, a 6/3 tilt leaves some conscientious wiggle room while guaranteeing the verdict

It’s another Republican patriot! /s The NebraskaDems are ready and organizing—donate to help make sure JeffFortenberry the crook and liar is gone: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry knowingly solicited and accepted campaign contributions from foreign interests? Sounds like the good ole GOP rule book is not following rules. GOPTraitorsToDemocracy GOPLiesAboutEverything gopcrooks

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'Nigerian billionaire” 🤣 this is joke right? Rich3Dawg Why Nigeria? Not enough billionaires left in Russia? Shocking. Another Republican lied to the FBI. This situation is like when your parents ask you a question. You know good a damn well they already no the answer! Is lying to the FBI a crime that some people get charged for and some don’t? Seem like your political affiliation matter. Didn’t McCabe lie? Didn’t a few other senior officials lied as well?

Since mark twain observed a century or so ago , the US has the best congress money can buy Republican? Shocking.

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You spelled his name wrong Of course JeffFortenberry will fight it. But he’ll lose. The FBI doesn’t issue indictments unless evidence is near certain for a conviction. Therein lies the reason persons charged with crimes choose to cooperate with federal authorities in exchange for a lesser sentence. Made my day.

Justice may be slow, but his time has come to be charged. We barely need to include the party in political arrests anymore. The crimes are overwhelmingly committed by Republicans. Crimin' and lyin' is the foundation of that party. A GOP leader being investigated for crimes.... what!.!?!?! That's unheard of

Also, this is the “Nigerian” billionaire 😂😂😂 He was just helping a Nigerian prince out 😂 Yet another GOP criminal. This is why Republicans will do anything to keep their seats, even if it means betraying their country. They're in it for the 💰💰💰

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C'mon now. Who amongst us has NOT had an offer from a 'Nigerian billionaire' to funnel us money?🤔😅 Wow, he was right. DistrictHusker Please send money to help poor Jeff! Indicted for lying to the FBI about sus campaign donations what did Jeff Fortenberry do? YouTube propaganda in a pickup truck with his wife & dog in a cornfield! Damage control in the form of every country music bop ever. This guy must think his voters are real damn dumb.

Celeste sounds like a dreadful person Political hit job by the left. Expel him from Congress and all committees. Do not delay this. Show the GOP what telling lies have as consequences. Medias & all networks cables and TV should air this news so that all Americans - Dem & Republicans - see what GOP is w/ foreign donors maddow

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