Renzi Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges

Posted March 4, 2008 at 5:33pm

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday, and his lawyer said he would not resign from Congress.

Renzi appeared in U.S. District Court in Arizona for the first time since the federal government released a 35-count indictment against him Feb. 21, alleging that he offered to advance legislation for a mining company only if the company would buy land from a business partner who owed Renzi $700,000. The indictment also alleges that Renzi skimmed money from his family insurance business to fund his Congressional campaign.

According to The Associated Press, Renzi told reporters: “I have a lot of faith in my attorneys. I’ll be OK.”

Renzi’s trial is scheduled to begin April 29.