The Buffalo News is reporting that Rep Chris Collins (NY-27), the first Republican MoC to endorse Trump for President and a member of his transition team, is going to plead guilty to some form of insider trading charge
this tomorrow afternoon. Collins’ son and his son’s father-in-law are also going to plead.
Collins loudly proclaimed his innocence when he was first charged with insider trading, and he barely beat Nate McMurray in the 2018 election in his R+11 district. We’ll find out what kind of deal he took, but nobody really thought he would run again. This will probably lead to a special election, which might be good news for Democrats, since they have a well-prepared candidate in Nate McMurray.
Also, good point from Margaret Sullivan, former editor of the Buffalo News:
Well, well. When this insider-trading story first broke, Collins repeatedly and harshly accused @JerryZremski and @TheBuffaloNews of digging up 'fake news.' (Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump during the 2016 campaign.) https://t.co/yKMHYCizgY
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) September 30, 2019