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Republican Rep. Chris Collins said in a statement Saturday morning that his decision was in the best interest of his constituents, the GOP and President Trump’s agenda.
Earlier this week he called the multiple charges meritless and said he would remain on the ballot.
Below is the full press release posted by Collins Saturday morning:
“Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. They would like nothing more than to elect an ‘Impeach Trump’ Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.
After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress.
I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes.
I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing.”
— Rep. Chris Collins (@RepChrisCollins) August 11, 2018
BREAKING: In an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins says he will suspend his re-election campaign after insider-trading indictment.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 11, 2018
Rep. Chris Collins of New York reversed course and announced he was suspending his re-election campaign, days after he was charged with insider trading https://t.co/ne2C5zqAYB
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 11, 2018
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