Chris Collins (U.S. politician)

Chris Collins flips, decides to run for reelection despite indictment

Rep. Chris Collins walking out of a court house surrounded by body guards
Rep. Chris Collins, center. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) will be on the ballot in November, despite initially saying he would suspend his reelection campaign due to an indictment for insider trading and lying to the FBI.

Why it matters: Collins' controversy could potentially put his solidly red district in play this November. But state law has prohibited the GOP from replacing primary-winner Collins with a safer Republican nominee without the House member dying, moving out of state, or accepting a nomination for state office elsewhere, per the Washington Post.

Trump slams "Sessions Justice Department" for indicting GOP congressmen

President Trump hit Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department Monday over the indictments of Republican congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), that Trump argues put "[t]wo easy wins now in doubt" ahead of the midterms.

Why it matters: Trump is suggesting that political considerations should have played a role in the prosecution of the two congressmen. Collins was arrested in early August for securities fraud. Hunter and his wife were indicted later in the month on charges of using $250,000 in campaign money for personal expenses and for falsifying campaign finance records. Both Collins and Hunter were early supporters of President Trump.

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