Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) resigned on Monday, one day before he is expected to plead guilty to federal charges of insider trading.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, confirmed to TPM that her office had received the embattled lawmaker’s letter of resignation, effective Tuesday.
The Buffalo News first reported on Collins’ departure.
Available information on the trial docket in Southern District of New York show that a “Change of Plea Hearing” in Collins’ criminal case has been scheduled for Tuesday at 3 PM EST.
Bloomberg and the New York Times reported on Monday that Collins, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and the first congressional lawmaker to endorse his 2016 campaign, will change his plea to guilty during the hearing.
This past April, the congressman said he wanted to “see where the court case stands” before deciding whether he wanted to run for reelection again. His trial date was originally set for February 3, 2020.
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