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Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Republican of Nebraska, was accused of lying to F.B.I. agents investigating illegal foreign donations. He said he would fight the charges.

Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Republican of Nebraska, in 2019. He released a video statement before the indictment on Tuesday saying he had done nothing wrong.
Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Republican of Nebraska, in 2019. He released a video statement before the indictment on Tuesday saying he had done nothing wrong. Credit... Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Katie Benner

Oct. 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Tuesday charged a Republican member of Congress from Nebraska with lying to the F.B.I. during a campaign finance investigation, an allegation that the lawmaker vowed to fight.

The Justice Department accused the lawmaker, Representative Jeff Fortenberry, of lying to the F.B.I. twice about whether he knew that he had received illegal campaign donations, including during an interview with the government that his lawyer attended, according to the federal indictment.