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February 10, 2016

Capitol Police Will Not Pursue Charges Against Grimm (Updated)

Updated: 1:22 p.m. | After questioning the NY1 reporter whom Rep. Michael G. Grimm threatened to throw off a balcony during a post-State of the Union outburst, Capitol Police have closed the books on the incident without pressing criminal charges.

“Yes, we did speak to the reporter,” Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Friday morning. “We have no complainant, so we’re not going to pursue anything further.”

Antrobus said that the police had done their “due diligence” in examining the threat and now consider the matter closed.

The department had no public comment when asked if it had spoken with Grimm about the combative exchange, during which Grimm threatened the reporter after Scotto asked about a probe into alleged campaign finance fraud.

Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia told CQ Roll Call on Friday morning that he had no news on the incident. Miller previously stated that he could “neither confirm or deny” an investigation into Grimm’s actions.

The congressman’s office told CQ Roll Call that Grimm has not been contacted by Capitol Police or the House sergeant-at-arms, the chamber’s highest law enforcement officer. Chief of Staff Chris Berardini said in a Friday morning email that Grimm plans to have lunch with Scotto very soon.

Don Kellaher, the House deputy sergeant-at-arms, said his office had no comment on the incident.

The talks are part of a probe into what happened when Grimm grumbled at the credentialed TV reporter, saying he would break the journalist in half “like a boy.”

The Radio-Television Correspondents Association, an association representing broadcast journalists who report on Congress, previously said they planned to investigate the incident.

Update 1:22 p.m.

NBC Universal’s Frank Thorp, chairman of RTCA, confirmed on Friday afternoon that journalists will continue probing.

“The RTCA Executive Committee is still looking into the matter, and we have invited representatives from NY1 to attend our monthly meeting next Friday,” Thorp said in an email.

The watchdogs at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Common Cause have both called for a congressional ethics probe into Grimm’s threat.

Correction: 1:22 p.m.

An earlier version of this article misquoted Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus.

  • ConsDem

    “….what happened when Grimm grumbled at the…” Grumbled!!!!! It was more like an in your face threat.

  • KenRob

    No surprise there. The Capital police act like they are still working for the Bush Administration.

  • Defend Liberty

    Considering the various cultures that have evolved within a variety of environments, it is reasonable to conclude that the traditions and political principles found among them would be just as diverse.

  • sangsue

    The Capital police are afraid that Grimm will break them in two.

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