Seems like every single week a corrupt Democrat lawmaker has been caught breaking the law or doing something that violates their oath of office.
But Americans got a somber reminder this week that corruption resides on both sides of the political aisle, and that draining the D.C. swamp may sometimes also apply to Republicans.
A federal judge on Friday sentenced former New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins to 26 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to insider trading charges and lying to the FBI.
The 69-year-old lawmaker, who resigned from Congress last year, apologized to his family and constituents during his court appearance on Friday.
“I stand here today as a disgraced former member of Congress,” he said. “My life has been shattered.”
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The Department of Justice had recommended Collins receive the maximum sentence for his conviction on one count of conspiring to commit securities fraud.
But U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick sentenced Collins to a lesser sentence than the guideline of 46 to 57 months.
The former congressman was ordered to report to the federal prison in Pensacola, Florida, on March 17.
Here’s more from Fox News on what Collins did:
Federal investigators said Collins provided non-public information about biotechnology company Innate — where he sat on the board — to his son Cameron, tipping him off in June 2017 that a drug the company was working on had failed a clinical trial so that Cameron could sell his shares before the stock price went down. Collins was at a Congressional Picnic at the White House when he learned the news, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors also said that Collins and his son were worth a total of $35 million at the time they conspired to sell the shares, a move they said enabled Cameron Collins and his friends to avoid $800,000 in losses.
According to the government, Collins then conspired with family members to claim Cameron Collins and friends sold shares because they were spooked by a temporary halt in the trading of the stock rather than because they knew the stock price would fall 92 percent for the company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand.
Many agree that if someone breaks the law, they should be held accountable for their actions.
So why haven’t any Democrats faced justice?
Radical Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar could be facing felony charges after a compliant alleges she possibly made illegal payments to a company run by the man with whom she is allegedly having an affair.
Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib is currently under investigation after one of her big donors — who donated $2,500 to her campaign — has been dead for 10 years.
How about socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who could face “jail time” over her affiliation with a sketchy, dark money group.
Draining the swamp applies to both sides of the aisle, and there’s quite a few Democrats who should be held accountable immediately.