GOP Rep Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) was convicted of lying to the FBI about a $30,000 contribution to his campaign from a foreign billionaire.
He is alleging that he was in fact set up by the FBI. He claims that the FBI fed him the information as a way to set him up for prosecution.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was convicted 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 one count of falsifying and concealing material facts and two counts of making false statements. Fortenberry was charged after sitting for two interviews with FBI agents who were investigating the donor, Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian billionaire of Lebanese descent.
Fortenberry, 61, argued at trial that prosecutors knew that the congressman didnâ€™t know about the contribution, but directed an informant to feed him the information in a 10-minute call with the intention of trying to prosecute him.
His attorneys said FBI agents then used false pretenses to interview Fortenberry nearly a year later and indicted him when he failed to recall all of the details from the conversation.
Is this another Deep State hit?
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