Convicted Jeff Fortenberry, the Republican Representative for Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District, has been asked by his party leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, to resign.
McCarthy’s comment comes after Jeff Fortenberry was found guilty on one count of falsifying and concealing material facts. He is also found guilty on two counts of making false statements to FBI as agents investigated a $30,000 donation made by Nigerian billionaire, Gilbert Chagoury, to his campaign.
“I think when someone’s convicted, it’s time to resign,” McCarthy said during a press conference in Florida on Friday.
“He had his day in court. I think if he wants to appeal, he can go do that as a private citizen,” McCarthy added.
Alsop joining calls for the Representative’s resigning is Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, in a press conference on Friday, noted that, the conviction suffered buy Fortenberry amounts to breach of the trust the public, including his colleague Representative, have in him.
“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 stated.
She added that; “Congressman Fortenberry must resign from the House.”
Each of the counts Fortenberry was found guilty on carries up five years prison term. That amounts to a total of 15 years prison term for all three counts.
He could face up to 15 years in jail if he fails to play his cards well.