NCGOP Chairman indicted in federal probe into Republican Party donations

North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes has been indicted in a federal probe regarding donations made to the Republican Party, a day after announcing he was stepping down as chairman due to mobility issues.

The charges stem from wire fraud and bribery allegations.

Investment firm founder Greg Lindberg and Hayes are among four people who were charged in federal indictments that were unsealed on Tuesday.

“The North Carolina Republican Party is at its most stable point in recent history, with strong leadership at all levels of our Party”, Hayes said in a statement released on Monday.

“With the NCGOP well positioned to win two special Congressional elections this year and deliver this state for President Trump in 2020, this is a good time to pass the torch to our strong bullpen of Republican Party leaders.”

Federal prosecutors said Hayes, Lindberg and two Lindberg associates promised or gave Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey millions of campaign dollars to do things Lindberg wanted, such as seeking the removal of a deputy insurance commissioner responsible for examining Lindberg's Durham-based business.

Lindberg has given more than $5 million to North Carolina candidates, party committees and independent expenditure groups.