Nebraska GOP Congressman Jeff Fortenberry on Saturday resigned from Congress after being convicted of lying to the FBI.

“Due to the difficulties of my current circumstances, I can no longer serve you effectively,” Fortenberry said in a statement.

Kevin McCarthy joined Speaker Pelosi and called for Fortenberry to step down.

“I think when someone’s convicted, it’s time to resign,” McCarthy told reporters, according to Politico.

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“Congressman Fortenberry’s conviction represents a breach of the public trust and confidence in his ability to serve. No one is above the law,” Pelosi, a lifelong crook who mysteriously made hundreds of millions of dollars as a member of Congress said on Friday.

Fortenberry was convicted on three felony counts – one count of falsifying and concealing material facts and two counts of making false statements (each count carries five years) by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.

Fortenberry’s lawyers argued at trial that the FBI lured the Congressman into giving two interviews – then indicted him after he couldn’t remember all the details about a conversation he had with an FBI informant about the illicit campaign donation.

“Defense lawyers said the FBI “set up” Fortenberry after a national investigation fizzled into foreign money funneled to members of Congress. They said Fortenberry’s flaw was voluntarily meeting with agents and prosecutors to help their probe and having a faulty memory.” – AP reported.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will call a special election to fill Fortenberry’s vacant seat.

Fortenberry will be sentenced on June 28.





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