From the Morning Memo:

Indicted Rep. Chris Collins was back to work in Washington, D.C. last night following a five-week summer break.

A lot has changed for the Western New York Republican since he last voted on the House floor in July. Federal prosecutors charged Collins with crimes related to insider trading on Aug. 8.

The congressman returned to Buffalo the night of his indictment to make a brief statement and had laid low ever since, as local GOP leaders struggle to figure out whether they can replace him on the November ballot, and if so, with who.

Collins suspended his campaign days after the indictment while vowing to clear his name and continue serving the district. Democrat Nate McMurray was already challenging the Republican congressman before his legal troubles began.

According to the Buffalo News, Collins avoided main entrances – and reporters – while at the Capitol. His spokesperson said he would be taking no questions from the press.

Members of the media were anxious to get Collins’ reaction to a tweet by his longtime ally, President Donald Trump, that chided U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for bringing charges against the WNY congressman and another Republican lawmaker, California’s Duncan Hunter, just weeks before the midterm elections, potentially hiring the GOP’s chances of retaining the majority.

But Collins appeared intent on focusing on the job at hand. He voted in favor of legislation to establish a “Biometric Identification Transnational Alert Program,” and against a bill instruct conferees to take a certain position on an already passed defense appropriations bill, according to his congressional webpage.

The congressman’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.