Jury selection to begin in Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s trial
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Jury selection will begin on Wednesday in the trial of Jeff Fortenberry, one of Nebraska’s Republican congressmen.
Fortenberry is accused of lying to federal authorities about illegal campaign contributions from a Nigerian billionaire, according to court documents.
The trial, based in Los Angeles, could cost him his job and freedom.
Fortenberry faces allegations that he lied to federal investigators about an illegal 2016 contribution to his campaign and didn’t properly disclose it in campaign filings.
Ahead of the May 10 primary, multiple Republicans, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and former Gov. Dave Heineman, have abandoned Fortenberry as he seeks reelection for his 10th term.
Ricketts and Heineman both expressed their endorsement of Fortenberry’s opponent, Mike Flood, on January 21, 2021, during a press conference.
Heineman wrapped up their reasoning for Flood’s endorsement in a statement made during the conference.
“In modern political times in Nebraska, Jeff Fortenberry is the only Nebraska Congressman that has ever been indicted on felony criminal charges,” said Heineman. “Therefore I’m supporting and endorsing Mike Flood for Congress.”
Fortenberry’s previous motion to move the trial to Nebraska was denied. Prior to jury selection, he plead not guilty to all counts on October 21, 2021.