Ex-US Rep. Stockman expects to be 'vindicated' on charges

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Posted: Mar 25, 2017 1:57 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman says he expects "to be vindicated" on allegations he conspired with staffers to bilk conservative foundations out of at least $775,000 that was meant for charitable purposes and voter education.

After a court hearing Friday, Stockman told reporters he didn't intend to plead guilty or enter into a plea agreement.

Shaun Clarke, Stockman's attorney, said the Texas Republican will fight to clear his name.

Stockman served two non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House. He was arrested this month after being charged with conspiracy to make conduit contributions and false statements.

A former Stockman campaign worker pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of conspiracy and is cooperating with authorities.

Stockman has blamed his arrest on a "deep state" shadow government that's targeting him.