December 1, 2021

FBI expected to charge Republican Rep. with campaign finance violation

Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said Tuesday that he believes he will be charged by the FBI over an alleged campaign finance violation, arguing the allegations are untrue and he will “fight these charges.”

“About five and a half years ago, a person from overseas illegally moved money to my campaign — I didn’t know anything about this — and used some other Americans to do so. They were all caught and punished, thankfully,” Fortenberry said in a YouTube video.

“We will fight these charges. I did not lie to them,” Fortenberry said.

The funds were not able to be accepted, but the pending charge deals with what Fortenberry told the FBI regarding the incident, according to the congressman’s video.

In 2016, $30,200 was directed to Fortenberry’s campaign from an international source, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian billionaire, sought to donate the funds through a group based in California since international funds could not be accepted, according to the report.

The congressman’s up front video reveals he plans to fight the charge and does not appear concerned about winning the legal battle.

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