"If our Republican nominee is waging a battle against prosecutors in a courtroom out of state instead of campaigning here in the 1st District, this seat is in jeopardy," Sen. Mike Flood said Sunday in announcing his candidacy.
Asked about those reports, Flood said: "No comment."
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry formally announced his re-election campaign in the midst of prosecutors alleging that he misled federal authorities who were investigating an illegal contribution to his campaign.
A federal judge has rejected U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s first barrage of defense attacks on the indictment against the nine-term Nebraska congressman.
Sen. Deb Fischer and Rep. Don Bacon, who serve on the Armed Services Committees in their houses, claimed credit for steering some of the money to benefit military personnel and commands in Nebraska.
Federal prosecutors are accusing lawyers representing indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of smearing the reputation of an FBI agent by falsely claiming he was biased against Arabs and Muslims.
Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry argued for an hour before a judge on Monday over three defense motions to dismiss the case.
Jazari Kual, who became a familiar figure online when he livestreamed last year's protests in Lincoln and Omaha after George Floyd's murder, says he would like to turn a spotlight on the needs of "communities left behind."
Attorneys for indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry claim that a lead prosecutor misled the congressman into making incriminating statements.
The court filing accused the lead FBI investigator of "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Arab" bias that might have led to "hostility" toward Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who has worked to help religious minorities in the Middle East.
The 1st District congressman warned that "Americans are about to have a new form of governance concentrated in DC." Rep. Adrian Smith criticized the package as making things worse.
Prosecutors have turned over more than 11,600 pages of documents and more than 50 audio and video recordings to lawyers defending Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.
Patty Pansing Brooks, who will complete her term-limited eight years as a member of the nonpartisan Legislature at the end of next year, jump-started her campaign with news media contacts in Columbus, Norfolk and Fremont.
"With no basis to charge the congressman with a crime, the government instead concocted one," attorney John Littrell of Los Angeles alleged in the motion.
Nebraska is set to receive billions of dollars from the federal government for roads and other infrastructure after passage by Congress of a long-awaited $1 trillion bill.
"The government's attempt to drag Congressman Fortenberry across the country to face a jury of Californians for these alleged offenses represents a gross abuse of power by the Department of Justice," the motion stated.
Because evidence could be used to identify the confidential informants or cooperating witnesses, the judge ordered that they not be released to the 1st District congressman.
Toufic Baaklini, who resigned on Sunday, had served as president and a board member for several years for In Defense of Christians, an organization that fights persecution of Christians.
It was the Republican governor's first reaction to the 1st District Republican congressman's indictment by federal officials last week on charges of lying to the FBI and concealing information about illegal campaign contributions.
At the center of allegations against Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who was indicted this week by a federal grand jury, is a Nigerian billionaire of Lebanese descent named Gilbert Chagoury.
Patty Pansing Brooks, who will be term-limited out of the Legislature at the end of next year, will announce soon that she will seek the 2022 Democratic nomination for Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's 1st District House seat.
"You got to know these people ... they tell you they're citizens, and then all of a sudden they're not," said former Rep. Lee Terry, who said he donated the money that originated from Gilbert Chagoury.
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry pleaded not guilty and will go to trial on Dec. 14 on federal charges that he lied to the FBI and concealed information about illegal campaign contributions that he accepted from foreign sources in 2016.