The Latest: Speaker Pelosi’s office says Collins resigning

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FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters as he leaves the courthouse after a pretrial hearing in his insider-trading case, in New York. A federal judge in Manhattan has scheduled a hearing Tuesday, Oct. 1 for Collins to enter a guilty plea in a case initially brought last year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Rep. Chris Collins of New York and an insider trading case (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

Rep. Chris Collins of New York is resigning from Congress ahead of his expected guilty plea in an insider trading case.

That’s according to a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Collins has sent a letter of resignation that will take effect when Congress meets in a brief session on Tuesday.

It would be up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to set a special election to fill the seat, which leans Republican.

Collins, a Republican, was among the first members of Congress to endorse President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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11:49 a.m.

Court records say a Republican congressman from western New York is expected to plead guilty in a criminal case accusing him of insider trading.

A federal judge in Manhattan has scheduled a hearing Tuesday afternoon for U.S. Rep. Chris Collins to enter a guilty plea in a case initially brought last year.

A similar hearing has been scheduled Wednesday for Collins’ son.

The congressman is accused of illegally leaking confidential information about a biopharmaceutical company to his son and the father of his son’s fiancée.

Prosecutors say the tip allowed them to avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

Collins’ attorney didn’t immediately respond to messages Monday.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan declined comment.

The court filing didn’t specify which charges Collins would plead guilty to.

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