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Prosecutors reduce charges against US Rep. Chris Collins

Federal prosecutors in New York have dropped some charges against a U.S. congressman indicted in a federal insider trading case.

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins was dropped from three counts in a rewritten indictment filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

Collins, a Republican, has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case set for trial next year.

Prosecutors said in a letter to the trial judge that the charges were modified to avoid a delay in the case.

They say the charges prompted Collins to complain that he was being accused of wrongdoing over statements related to a speech and debate clause that protects members of congress from being prosecuted for legislative acts.

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