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First Congressman to Endorse Trump to Plead Guilty to Insider Trading



The First Republican Congressman to endorse then-candidate Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins of New York, is expected to plead guilty to charges related to insider trading on Tuesday. It is not clear if he will resign.

UPDATE: 1:59 PM –
Axios just published a report stating Collins has just resigned.

Collins, an outspoken promoter and defender of President Trump, last year was arrested. News reports and even video at the time found he had made a telephone call conducting the illicit practices while at the White House.

Collins, along with his son and another man “were facing charges of conspiracy, securities and wire fraud and making false statements,” The New York Times reports.

The Times notes Collins is not required to resign by law, but had he remained a member of the House he would not have been allowed to vote. Collins ran for re-election while under indictment and won re-election in November, retaining his seat representing parts of the suburbs of Buffalo and Rochester.

ShareBlue notes the second member of Congress who endorsed Trump, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is also currently under indictment.

This article and its title have been updated in light of Collins’ resignation.

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