GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry convicted of lying to FBI about foreign donation

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.
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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) was found guilty on Thursday of lying to federal investigators about an illegal contribution made to his campaign by a foreign billionaire.

The nine-term congressman was convicted in federal court on three felony counts, with jurors returning a verdict after less than three hours of deliberations. Fortenberry faces up to five years in prison on each count, in addition to fines. His sentencing is set for June 28.

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Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.