A sitting member of Congress, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of “scheming to falsify and conceal material facts” and “making false statements to federal investigators.” According to a press release from the Justice Department, the charges are related to alleged donations to Fortenberry’s 2016 re-election campaign from a foreign billionaire.
In response to the news, former President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning federal authorities for charging the congressman with lying to investigators when so many on the left, he said, have gotten off scot-free for the same crime.
The federal indictment asserts that Fortenberry knowingly received $30,000 in campaign donations from Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury. The money was allegedly funneled through other individuals as “conduits” to avoid contribution limits, and the congressman is accused of lying to investigators when asked about them — accusations he denies.
“Is there no justice?”
According to The Hill, Trump released a statement through his Save America PAC lamenting the charges.
“Isn’t it terrible that a Republican Congressman from Nebraska just got indicted for possibly telling some lies to investigators about campaign contributions, when half of the United States Congress lied about made up scams, and when Mark Zuckerberg, in my opinion a criminal, is allowed to spend $500 million and therefore able to change the course of a Presidential Election, and nothing happens to them[?]” Trump said.
“[James] Comey lied, [Adam] Schiff lied, Crooked Hillary [Clinton] lied, [Andrew] McCabe lied, the two lovers, Peter [Strzok] and Lisa [Page], lied,” the former president added, referencing disgraced former leaders and members of the FBI, as well as the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee and his 2016 presidential rival.
“They all lied having to do with Russia, Russia, Russia, because they knew it was a SCAM, and they all lied having to do with Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, because they knew it was a SCAM — and they made up fairy tales about me knowing how badly it would hurt the U.S.A. — and nothing happens to them,” Trump said.
He concluded: “Is there no justice in our Country?”
Left unmentioned by Trump was another case of glaring hypocrisy: A Cabinet member for former President Barack Obama had been accused of illegally accepting and later lying about a loan from that same billionaire, but that Cabinet member was let off the hook with a non-prosecution agreement.
A Politico report in April 2021 detailed how former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in 2012 had accepted a $50,000 loan from Chagoury that he intentionally failed to properly disclose, as required by law. He then was said to have lied about that when questioned by federal investigators in 2017, only admitting what he’d done when a copy of the check was shown to him.
Despite being caught in a deliberate lie, LaHood was granted a non-prosecution agreement by the Justice Department in 2019, as was Chagoury, who agreed to cooperate with investigators with regard to a probe into $180,000 donated to several congressional campaigns — including Fortenberry’s — and to pay a $1.8 million fine.
If it weren’t for double standards, leftists wouldn’t have any at all.