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Chris Collins, First U.S. Lawmaker To Endorse Trump, Gets 26-Month Prison Sentence


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They are ALL criminals without exception. It is a mindset.

 

 

 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chris-collins-jail-sentence_n_5e20cb4cc5b632117610484b

(Full article at above link)

 

 

A judge on Friday sentenced former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), an early and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, to 26 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud. 

Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Trump’s 2016 presidential bid, used his position as the largest shareholder in the Australian biotechnology company Innate Immunotherapeutics to illegally give other stockholders an inside tip that a test of the company’s main product had failed.

“You were a member of the company’s board ― that has legal significance. You owed a duty to Innate and you betrayed that duty,” U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick said during the sentencing.

“It makes people believe the market is rigged,” Broderick added.

Federal prosecutors earlier this week urged a sentence of close to five years.

Collins cried as he spoke to the court shortly before his sentencing. (Ah... there is nothing quite as refreshing as Republican tears.-drvoke)

“I have no excuse. I tarnished my reputation,” he told the judge, as reported by The Washington Post.

“It’s hard to look at my wife ― she had her credit card canceled. My daughter had her brokerage account canceled. I apologize to the FBI for lying to them. I’ll be paying the consequence for that here momentarily,” Collins said.

Before the criminal investigation, Collins had used his Trump endorsement to raise his profile in Washington. He bragged about the clout he gained from his early backing of Trump, claiming it made him “significantly more visible.” And he was an early adopter of Trump’s bullying and blustering style, a copycat routine that has become popular throughout the GOP.

Throughout the investigation into his illegal conduct, Collins struck a Trumpian pose as an innocent targeted as part of a “partisan witch hunt.” (Bluster and counter-accusations. How to Behave Like a Republican 101.-drvoke)

He attacked The Buffalo News for “making up fake news on folks the paper can’t beat at the ballot box.” He called his then-colleague Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Buffalo-area Democrat who has since died, a “despicable human being” for filing an ethics complaint against him. And he attacked investigations into his activities as a “partisan witch hunt.”

In the wake of Collins’ guilty plea, his lawyers argued in court for a lenient sentence, saying that his actions were impulsive and that he has suffered enough by losing his political career. (I don't think so.-drvoke)

Collins’ son and the father of his son’s fiancée also pleaded guilty in the case and await sentencing. (Con crime family. No surprise there.-drvoke)

Quickly joining Collins in early 2016 as Trump’s second official backer on Capitol Hill was then-Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) ― who also now faces prison time. Hunter pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in December, gave up his House seat earlier this week and awaits sentencing. Like Collins, Hunter initially characterized the charges facing him as a “witch hunt.” (Another one! LOL. Too funny.-drvoke)

 

 

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FELONY INDICTMENTS (AS OF 9/17/2018) IN TRUMP CAMPAIGN/ADMINISTRATION
RELATIONSHIP TO TRUMP # PEOPLE INDICTED TOTAL # OF INDICTMENTS # PEOPLE CONVICTED TOTAL GUILTY COUNTS # OF PEOPLE IMPRISONED
TRUMP ORGANIZATION, CAMPAIGN, OR ADMINISTRATION 5 55 5 22 2 (+3)*
OUTSIDE CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS (U.S. CITIZENS) 2 2 1 1 0 (+1)*
FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO TRUMP CAMPAIGN 26 153 0 0 0
FOREIGN, DIRECT INVOLVEMENT TO TRUMP UNCLEAR 2 2 1 1 1
TOTAL 35 212 7 24 3 (+4)*

Source: RoyalScribe / @kgoebel, tinyurl.com/POTUSFelonies201809

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Comparing Administration Felonies

Number of Individuals with Felonies by Presidential Administration

NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH FELONIES BY PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION
PRESIDENT PARTY YEARS IN OFFICE # PEOPLE INDICTED # PEOPLE CONVICTED # PEOPLE IMPRISONED CONVICTIONS PER YEAR
DONALD TRUMP R 1.7*

7

[35]**

6

[7]

2 (+3)

[3 (+4)]

3.5

[4.1]

BARACK OBAMA D 8 0 0 0 0
GEORGE W. BUSH R 8 16 9 9 1.1
BILL CLINTON D 8 3 2 2 0.25
GEORGE H. W. BUSH R 4 1 1 1 0.25
RONALD REAGAN R 8 26 16 8 2.0
JIMMY CARTER D 4 1 0 0 0
GERALD FORD R 2.4 1 1 1 0.4
RICHARD NIXON R 5.6 76 55 15 9.8

* Through September 17, 2018.    ** Number in [brackets] includes foreign nationals.

 

 

AVERAGE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CRIMINAL ACTIONS BY YEAR SINCE 1968
ADMINISTRATION

AVERAGE #

INDICTMENTS

PER YEAR

AVERAGE #

CONVICTIONS

PER YEAR

AVERAGE #

IMPRISONMENTS

PER YEAR

DEMOCRATIC 0.15 0.05 0.05
REPUBLICAN 4.29 3.18 1.21

 

 

Even when we standardize it by getting annual averages, GOP administrations still have 29 times more indictments, 64 times more convictions, and 24 times more prison sentences. 

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