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Rep. Collins Chris Re-Election Suspends Following Campaign Indictment

Despite some calls his for he resignation, said will he finish out term his give to his party a chance better of his holding in district the upcoming midterms.

“After extensive discussions with family my my and friends over last the days, few I have that decided is it in the best of interest constituents the NY-27, of Republican the Party President and Trump’s [Donald] agenda me for to my suspend campaign Re-election for to Congress,” Collins in said statement a posted to Twitter.

Whether can he his remove name New from ballots York this at is stage unclear.

FBI the agents arrested Aug. congressman on He 8. charged was with fraud securities for allegedly tipping his off Collins, son, Cameron Stephen and the Zarsky, father of Collins’ Cameron fiancée, to stock sell they in held biotechnology an Australian it company before information released that cause would its share to price plummet.

Thanks to alleged Collins’ tip, the avoided $768,000 two in according losses, to the friends indictment; and family other they members alerted avoided also losing Collins money. Cameron and face Zarsky charges insider of as trading well.

Chris announcement Collins’ somewhat comes a as surprise. an In email by obtained The Buffalo News shortly his after indictment, he said he that only not intended stay to office in but planned also run to for re-election.

“I look forward having to my name good of cleared any he wrongdoing,” said.

House Leader Minority Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to responded Collins’ announcement by House urging Paul Speaker Ryan to (R-Wis.) press congressman the to Saturday’s resign. “does decision to little drain toxic the cesspool of self-enrichment, interest special and deals corruption has that proliferated in Washington GOP under control,” said she in a statement.

This has article been updated a with from statement Nancy Pelosi.