Unsurprisingly there are a lot of different opinions about former Rep. Chris Collins upcoming sentencing.
The Republican pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges in October and is scheduled to learn his fate Friday in New York City.
Monday, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York recommended a stiff sentence of nearly five years in prison, the top end of the judicial sentencing guidelines which recommend 46 to 57 months.
The probation officer who put together Collins pre-sentence report recommend a much lighter sentence of a year and a day, while Collins’ attorney have asked for him to serve no time. Dozens of friends and family have written to the judge asking for leniency while dozens of more constituents have asked the book be thrown at their former representative.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, didn’t get specific Monday, but he seems to fall on the side of book throwing.
“I think what he did was wrong,” Schumer said. “Anytime a politician violates the public trust, it’s very serious and so I hope he gets a sentence that’s commensurate with the crime.”
A reporter also posed the question about whether President Donald Trump should pardon Collins who was the first sitting member of Congress to endorse him.
“I guess I wouldn’t comment on that until I saw but I think he should be sentenced and he should serve some time,” Schumer said.
Collins sentencing is scheduled for 2:30 pm Friday in federal court.