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Grim Day for Staten Island Republican Congressman Facing Indictment

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Michael GrimRep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) thought he had a bad day when he threatened a reporter on live television. Turns out that was easy.

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Grimm, who has long been under scrutiny for campaign finance irregularities related to his 2010 campaign, would be indicted. According to The New York Times, Grimm will be indicted under federal fraud charges related to a health food store that the congressman once owned in Manhattan.

The investigation of the two-term Republican from Staten Island was originally focused on Grimm's relationship with Ofer Biton, an Israeli citizen who pleaded guilty to a visa violation last year, and whether Biton may have illegally funnelled money from supporters of an Israeli rabbi to his campaign. Another Grimm fundraiser and friend was arrested in January for allegedly making illegal contributions to his campaign.

While Grimm did not return messages left with his cell phone, Bill McGinley, Grimm’s attorney told The Daily Beast:

“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. We are disappointed by the government’s decision, but hardly surprised. From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven vendetta against Congressman Grimm and not an independent search for the truth. Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing.”


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