The first sitting member of Congress to endorse Trump’s presidential bid has been arrested and charged with alleged securities fraud, wire fraud and false statements.
Per the FBI, New York Republican Chris Collins surrendered this morning at his attorney’s office in New York, New York. He was indicted, along with his son, for trading insider information about Australian biotech firm Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited, of which he sat on the board. His alleged crime saved himself and other co-conspirators $768,000 in losses, according to prosecutors.
Of course, Trump’s swampy cabinet was also involved. Collins also persuaded former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to invest in the company. He ultimately yielded $225,000 on his investment.
Collins’ lawyer spoke out following the arrest, claiming that his client “will be completely vindicated and exonerated.”
The arrest, however, was not all that unexpected. The House Ethics Committee had been looking into Collins’ shady dealings and the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog, had unanimously recommended that the Ethics Committee launch a full investigation.
Collins, for his part, had made reference to the probe as a “witch hunt.” Sound familiar?
Trump may have promised to drain the swamp, but so far, his surrogates and supporters have revealed themselves to be the worst criminals that Washington has ever produced. These latest charges against Collins are another drop in the bucket on top of the 191 criminal charges against 35 defendants in the Mueller probe. Of course, that’s just another day in the Trump era.
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