They argue that it would show the officers’ repetitive questioning and that Jeff Fortenberry was confused.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Lawyers for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry say in court documents that the Nebraska Republican was confused, rather than lying, when he spoke to FBI agents investigating an illegal donation to his campaign.
In pretrial briefs filed Friday, Fortenberry’s attorneys requested that the nine-term congressman’s full statement to the FBI be released to jurors at his trial. They claim it would show the officers’ repetitive questioning and that Fortenberry was confused, The Omaha World-Herald reported.
His lawyers also want to bring in a memory expert to testify at trial, and question the political leanings of the chief prosecutor.
Fortenberry has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he lied to federal authorities investigating a foreign national’s campaign contribution.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday in Los Angeles.
In response to the filings, prosecutors said Fortenberry’s expert would not offer new memory information and that being required to read Fortenberry’s entire statement limits prosecutors’ right to present the case as they see fit.
Prosecutors also said the defense’s suggestions that lead prosecutor Mack Jenkins had political reasons to prosecute Fortenberry were absurd. They said Fortenberry is an obscure congressman from Nebraska and the campaign donor under investigation donated to Democrats and Republicans.
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