Embattled Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) expects to be indicted but denies that he lied to the FBI about illegal campaign contributions from a Nigerian-Lebanese billionaire.
The nine-term Republican was among four GOP lawmakers accused of taking contributions funneled from foreign billionaire Gilbert Chagoury through a group of Californians between 2012 and 2016, and he faces potential prosecution for allegedly misleading statements to investigators, reported the Omaha World-Herald.
"We will fight these charges, I did not lie to them," Fortenberry said in a videotaped statement, which was recorded in a vintage pickup truck and posted on YouTube. "This is wrong on so many levels."
Fortenberry allegedly received $30,200 through the scheme, although his campaign has said he was unaware the money came from Chagoury and he said he willingly cooperated with investigators.
"I feel so personally betrayed," the congressman said. "I thought we were trying to help."
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