Collins Fallout: Lieutenant Governor Reacts to Wednesday Indictment

Hochul: Collins resigning is "his call"

Mike Baggerman
August 10, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Kathy Hochul at WNY STEM event at Buffalo State. August 10, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul did not call for Congressman Chris Collins to step down from his post following Wednesday's indictment on insider trading and lying to the FBI.

"That is totally his call," the lieutenant governor told reporters on Friday. "Other members of congress faced similar situations and some stayed and some have resigned. That's a personal decision for him."

Hochul said that she was in New York City when she found out the news about Collins' indictment. She said she wasn't surprised to hear the news because Collins' involvement with alleged insider trading has happened for years.

"He was planning on engaging in this kind of behavior," she said while praising deceased Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for her role in the STOCK Act. "Self dealing, using his position to better his own bank account and that of his friends than looking out for the bank account of the people he represents."

Collins is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court on October 11.

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