Indicted Republican Vows to Stay on the Ballot

Rep. Christopher Collins, R-N.Y., who was indicted on insider trading charges Wednesday, said he believes that charges filed against him “are meritless” and he will remain on the ballot for re-election.

“I will mount a vigorous defense in court to clear my name,” Collins told reporters Wednesday night in response to the indictment prosecutors filed against him earlier in the day. “I look forward to being fully vindicated and exonerated, ending any and all questions relating to my affiliation with Innate [Immunotherapeutics].”

The indictment charges 68-year-old Collins; his son, Cameron Collins; and the father of his son’s fiancĂ©e, Stephen Zarsky, with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI.

All three pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday afternoon.