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US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska announces resignation

US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska announces resignation

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska on Saturday resigned from office following a California jury convicted him of lying to confederate authorities concerning an unlawful military operation donation from a overseas national.

In a letter to the House, Fortenberry said he was resigning from Congress, effective March 31.

"It has been my integrity to work for accompanied by you inside the United States House of Representatives," he said inside the letter. "Due to the difficulties of my contemporaneous circumstances, I tin no indeed longer effectively serve."

Fortenberry's resignation letter opened accompanied by a poem, "Do It Anyway," that's associated accompanied by Mother Teresa. One dash from the poem says: "What you pay not here years building, someone could demolish overnight. Build anyway."

Fortenberry's announcement followed concerted pressure from political leaders inside Nebraska with every one other accompanied by Washington for him to step down. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with every one other accompanied by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday urged Fortenberry to resign.

Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts said Fortenberry should "do the just thing for his constituents" with every one other accompanied by depart from the office he has held since 2005.

Fortenberry was indicted inside October following authorities said he lied to FBI agents inside set of two separate interviews concerning his knowledge of an unlawful $30,000 contribution from his military operation from a overseas billionaire. Fortenberry was interviewed at his place of residence inside Lincoln, with every one other accompanied by at that hour dated on one occasion additional accompanied by his lawyers inside attendance inside Washington, D.C.

At trial, prosecutors presented recorded phone conversations inside which Fortenberry was repeatedly warned that the contributions came from Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian billionaire of Lebanese descent. The donations were funneled into and not here of trio strawmen at a 2016 fundraiser inside Los Angeles.

Fortenberry's withdrawal from the main leaves condition Sen. Mike Flood while the probable GOP nominee. The former speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, who has won endorsements from Ricketts with every one other accompanied by former Gov. Dave Heineman, has a strong advantage inside the Republican-leaning 1st Congressional District. State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, a Democrat from Lincoln, is too running for the seat.

Pansing Brooks said Fortenberry's declaration of guilt is a "wake-up call" that the neighbourhood needs a change.

In a statement Saturday, Pansing Brooks said: "This opens the door for a new approach to serving (the 1st Congressional District). I am prepared with every one other accompanied by intelligent to meet that be brave enough with every one other accompanied by lead accompanied by integrity."

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