Senate to vote on expelling Senator Katrina Robinson after fraud charges

The full Senate will consider the fate of Sen. Katrina Robinson, D-Memphis, on Feb. 2 and assess whether to expel her from the chamber following her conviction for federal fraud.

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, announced the decision Monday, days after a Senate Ethics Committee Determined Robinson violated the organization’s code of ethics and recommended that she be stripped of her position.

Robinson had asked the committee to delay last week’s hearing so that her lawyer could join, as she continued to argue that her federal case was not yet over, despite her conviction.

Robinson awaits sentencing in March on two federal fraud charges related to the mismanagement of federal funds in connection with his leadership of a nursing school.

Senator Katrina Robinson:Senate Ethics Committee recommends expulsion of Senator Katrina Robinson, ahead of Senate vote

The senator was initially charged with mishandling more than $600,000 in federal scholarship funds and faced a 48-count indictment.

During the trial, a federal judge reduced the charges against Robinson from 20 to five. Robinson was later found guilty of four counts related to less than $3,500, which prosecutors said Robinson used for wedding expenses.

A judge later acquitted her on two of the four counts the jury found her guilty last fall. But a federal judge in January also denied Robinson’s request for a new trial on the two remaining counts.

During the ethics committee, Democrats defended Robinson, arguing that the decision to deport him was premature until sentencing in March. The ethics committee voted along party lines to recommend his removal.

Melissa Brown contributed to this report.

Adam Friedman is the political and government reporter for the state of Tennessean. Contact him by email at [email protected]

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