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Collins resigns seat, expected to plead guilty

STAFF REPORTS


Embattled Western New York-area Congressman Chris Collins resigned is seat today, via a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In the letter, Collins says the resignation is effective immediately. It also states that he informed Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his decision (in a nearly identical letter).

Collins has been under investigation for insider trading, a charge which he has refuted. However, several media outlets - including the Washington Post - claim that he will plead guilty to insider trading in court on Tuesday.

Several Republicans and at least one Democrat have already shown interest in the 27th Congressional seat.

Whether a special election will be held remains to be seen.

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