OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has asked a federal judge to move his trial to February to give his attorney more time to review more than 11,600 pages of documents and more than 50 audio/visual recordings.
Attorneys for the nine-term Nebraska Republican filed the motion earlier this week. Prosecutors did not object to postponing the trial, which is currently scheduled for Dec. 14 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Defense attorneys say they also need time to conduct an independent investigation. Fortenberry’s attorneys requested a new date of Feb. 15 and a final pretrial conference on Feb. 8.
Fortenberry was accused last month of lying to the FBI and concealing information from agents about an investigation into illegal campaign donations. He has pleaded not guilty.