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World GOP congressman indicted by federal grand jury for allegedly lying to FBI

05:26  20 october  2021
05:26  20 october  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., was indicted Tuesday for allegedly lying to investigators who were looking into foreign donations to his congressional campaign. Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska's 1st Congressional District, was charged with one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Gilbert Chagoury, a billionaire from Nigeria, made illegal contributions to Fortenberry campaigns, as well as several other GOP congressional races from 2012

A federal grand jury indicted Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on charges of lying to federal investigators and another crime in connection with a probe about illegal campaign donations provided by a foreigner, prosecutors said. The announcement of the indictment in Los Angeles federal court came hours after Fortenberry, in an unusual YouTube video featuring his wife, dog and 1963 Ford 100 pickup truck, revealed he expected to be indicted for allegedly lying to FBI agents.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., was indicted Tuesday for allegedly lying to investigators who were looking into foreign donations to his congressional campaign.

Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska's 1st Congressional District, was charged with one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

Gilbert Chagoury, a billionaire from Nigeria, made illegal contributions to Fortenberry campaigns, as well as several other GOP congressional races from 2012 to 2016.

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Catholic congressman Jeff Fortenberry on Tuesday was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of making false statements to federal investigators, and falsifying and concealing evidence. 19 the indictment charges. Fortenberry is charged with one count of “scheming to falsify and conceal material facts,” and two counts of “making false statements to federal investigators looking into illegal contributions to his 2016 campaign,” the account stated. In an unlisted video on a YouTube page in his name, Fortenberry explained on Monday that he was visited at his home by FBI agents “about two

A U.S. congressman who prosecutors say lied to FBI investigators about illegal contributions to his 2016 re-election campaign from foreign nationals was indicted on federal charges on Tuesday. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Nebraska, was indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury in Los Angeles on two counts of making false statements to federal investigators and one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts. Fortenberry, 60, said in a videotaped statement with his wife, posted to YouTube earlier on Tuesday, that he expected to be charged in the case.

Altogether, Chagoury's contributed $180,000 to U.S. election campaigns, which violated federal law. Of that, $30,200 went to Fortenberry's campaign in 2016 through a group in California.

Fortenberry earlier said he expected to be indicted, releasing a recorded statement Tuesday on YouTube in which he denied the allegations and said he was unaware of the foreign contributions.

Claiming he felt "personally betrayed," Fortenberry said of the FBI agents: "I let them into my house. I answered their questions. Later we went back and answered further questions. I told them what I knew and understood."

NEBRASKA CONGRESSMAN EXPECTS INDICTMENT OVER ALLEGEDLY LYING TO FBI

"We will fight these charges. I did not lie to them," Fortenberry continued in the video, which was recorded in his pickup truck and included his wife and dog. "This is wrong on so many levels."

If convicted of making a false statement to the FBI, Fortenberry could face up to five years in prison.

Fortenberry also asked his supporters for prayers, adding, "Hopefully this all ends happily for the sake of justice, for the sake of my own integrity, for the sake of the American system."

Fortenberry has represented Nebraska in Congress since 2005.

Fox News' Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.

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