Rep. Grimm To Face Criminal Charges For Campaign Violations

Source: Catalina Camia and Kevin Johnson / USA Today

WASHINGTON — New York Republican congressman Michael Grimm, the subject of a long criminal investigation into alleged campaign finance violations, is expecting to face criminal charges as soon as next week, his attorney said.

“After more than two years of investigation plagued by malicious leaks, violations of grand jury secrecy, and strong-arm tactics, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has disclosed its intent to file criminal charges against Congressman Grimm,” attorney William McGinley said in a statement. “We are disappointed by the government’s decision, but hardly surprised.”

Grimm, a former FBI agent from Staten Island, was being targeted for allegedly soliciting campaign contributions from foreign nationals in exchange for assisting an Israeli man with obtaining a green card.

The House Ethics Committee deferred the matter to the Justice Department in 2012. The source of some of the initial allegations against Grimm came in 2010 from then-Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. Weiner, who later resigned from Congress amid a sex scandal, said a prominent New York rabbi had informed him that Grimm allegedly tried to extort money from his congregation.

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