Los Angeles (AB) –
A Democratic woman from California and a Republican colleague from Nebraska testified Wednesday. Accused of lying to the FBI The illegal $ 30,000 campaign donation from a Nigerian-born millionaire is honest and honorable.
Anna Eshu, the US envoy representing Silicon Valley, said she learned about him when she worked with US envoy Jeff Fordenbery on issues related to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
“I think he has respect for what he does,” Ishu said. “He is honest. His work is good. I can not say about all the members of Congress. My feeling is that he brings unity in everything he does.
Ishu was the first security witness to be called at Fortenbury’s trial in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, after the trial against him was adjourned, he lied to investigators about a $ 30,000 donation he received from straw donors.
Fortenberry, 61, a Nine times Congressman is facing re-electionIs Pleaded not guilty He deliberately misled FBI agents and prosecutors who were investigating the 2016 donations. It is illegal for American politicians to accept foreign funds.
Prosecutors allege that Fortenbury lied about what he knew during an interview at his Lincoln home and in Washington and did not properly disclose the contribution he made to the Los Angeles fundraiser.
Defensive lawyers said Fortenberry was “set up” FBI agents who ambushed him Disabled after a national inquiry into foreign money sent to members of Congress. They said meeting agents and lawyers was his only mistake.
Former Republican U.S. Representative from South Carolina. Trey Cowdy, who initially represented Fortenbury, testified that Fortenbury sought to assist federal prosecutors in their investigation.
Gowdy said he sent a voicemail to US Assistant Attorney Mack Jenkins asking him to meet with Gilbert Chagoury, the source of the Fortenberry donations, at several locations in France, including dinner.
Sagouri, who lives in Paris, admitted in 2019 that he had paid $ 180,000 in illegal campaign donations to four campaigns and agreed to pay a $ 1.8 million fine.
Sakouri and other key figures at the center of the case have ties to the protection of Christians.
Gaudy told Jenkins that Sakouri did not attend the campaign fundraiser for Fortenberry at the Los Angeles doctor’s house.
Dr. Elias Ayoub testified Monday that he distributed $ 30,000 in cash from a brown paper bag from Sakauri’s accomplice to friends and relatives. Gaudy said Fortenberry has nothing unique to say about the funds raised at the event.
“It has nothing to do with the amount of money accumulated in his mind and the number of people who were there,” Gowdy said.
In an interview with federal prosecutors and agents in July 2019, Fordnbury said it would have been “terrifying” if Iob had told investigators that his campaign had received $ 30,000 and that it may have come from Sagouri.
“This is the most important moment in the interview,” Gowdy said. “He used the word scary. I’ll use shock. Shock with the subtext of anger.”
Fortenberry’s chief executive, Andrew Brenner, testified as the final witness of the day, saying his boss was one of the “last great politicians” and a widely respected “observer” for his honesty and integrity.
Brenner testified that in April 2019 someone rejected the envelope he was trying to hand over to him and that Fortenberry was angry when he found out about the incident. He called staff at the House Sergeant at Arms, Capitol Police and the FBI, all of whom quickly came to the office and conducted an investigation.
“He was quick to make sure it never happened,” Brenner said.
During the cross-examination, Assistant U.S. Attorney J.J. Jamary Buxton said the incident came a month after the FBI first investigated possible crimes involving Fortenberry money.
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