House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Rep. Jeff Fortenberry to resign on Friday, one day after the Nebraska Republican was found guilty on multiple charges of lying to the FBI.
“I’m gonna discuss with him today,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters at the House Republicans’ annual retreat in Florida. “I think he had his day in court and I think if he wants to appeal, he can go do that as a private citizen.”
“I think out of respect you can let me talk to him today, but I think when someone’s convicted, it’s time to resign.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also called on Fortenberry to resign on Friday, saying, “No one is above the law.”
“Congressman Fortenberry’s conviction represents a breach of the public trust and confidence in his ability to serve,” she said in a statement, adding: “Congressman Fortenberry must resign from the House.”
On Thursday, Fortenberry was found guilty by a federal jury in California of one count of falsifying and concealing material facts and two counts of making false statements.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s resignation.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Fortenberry was found guilty of lying to the FBI.AP Photo/Brian Melley
Pelosi also called for the pol’s resignation.Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP
The charges were related to a pair of interviews the Republican had with FBI agents regarding an illegal campaign contribution from Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury in 2016.
While Fortenberry’s legal team claimed the congressman was unaware of the illegal donation, prosecutors insisted the lawmaker lied about what he knew during multiple interviews.
The nine-term Republican has been planning to run for re-election and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28.
Following Thursday’s verdict, Fortenberry told reporters that he would immediately begin to appeal the decision.
“We always felt like it was going to be hard to have a fair process here, so this appeal starts immediately,” he said.
His office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.