U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, New York Republican, fired from House Energy and Commerce Committee in wake of indictment

August 10, 2018: U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, New York Republican, has been removed as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee by House Speaker and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, after Collins was indicted on allegations of stock insider trading. Collins pleaded not guilty to the charges in New York City on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Collins has stated that he is innocent, and that he will not resign from office. The Ethics Committee was already investigating Collins, also, after officials at the Office of Congressional Ethics said in October, 2017, that there was “substantial reason to believe” he had violated federal law and House rules by meeting with government researchers in his congressional capacity, allegedly to benefit an Australian biotech company called Innate Immunotherapeutics.

Attribution: The Washington Post

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