Rep. Jeff Fortenberry says he’s being indicted for lying to the FBI

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 8:35 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry said in an email Tuesday that he expects to be indicted for lying to the FBI.

Fortenberry said the indictment dates back to a fundraiser in 2016, where he claimed a foreign national funneled about $30,000 into his campaign through Americans.

The congressman said the FBI investigated the crime and later found Fortenberry had nothing to do with the crime.

In 2019, according to Fortenberry’s email, he was interviewed by FBI agents at his home in Lincoln about the fundraiser.

Fortenberry did not say what false information he’s accused of giving prosecutors, but in the email to supporters, he called the accusations false and a political attack to take him out.

“And then, radio silence from the prosecutors—until the Trump Justice Department became the Biden Justice Department; and this California prosecutor was in the running for a big promotion; and don’t forget the mid-term elections right around the corner for control of the House,” Fortenberry’s statement read. “Only then did the prosecutors announce that they were poised to seek an indictment accusing Jeff of lying.”

Fortenberry described the investigation and asked for his supporters to stand with him in a video posted to YouTube.

The indictment had not yet been made publicly available Tuesday morning.

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