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February 6, 2016

Indicted Rep. Michael Grimm Appears in New York Court

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Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., spoke to reporters last month after being indicted in federal court (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm appeared in court Monday, but neither he nor his legal team would reveal the next step in the New York Republican’s legal battle — including whether he will seek a speedy trial to resolve 20 counts of fraud and tax evasion before the midterm elections.

“Now we are in litigation, and we are bound by the rules of conduct, and we are not going to be trying the case in the press,” Elizabeth Kase, Grimm’s attorney, told CQ Roll Call during a brief phone call following the 11 a.m. hearing from which Grimm departed without making statements to the press.

It’s not looking likely that a resolution will come anytime soon, however: According to news reports from those on the scene, the case has been adjourned until July 21 to allow Kase and her colleagues to review over 70,000 pages of documents and 8,000 emails that government prosecutors are using as evidence against Grimm. Those documents will be turned over to the defense team starting Monday, with Kase suggesting to CQ Roll Call that she had been waiting for them to be made available “weeks ago.”

U.S. District Court Judge Pamela K. Chen, who was presiding over Monday’s hearing from a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, reportedly said that she would categorize Grimm’s case as “complex.” That determination also indicates Election Day could come and go before Grimm is compelled to take the stand.

Grimm has been charged with breaking the law in connection to the health food store he owned and operated prior to his election to Congress in 2010. The case includes allegations of filing false tax returns, committing mail fraud and withholding more than $1 million from the federal government.

Following news of the indictment late last month, Grimm maintained his innocence and vowed to stay in office and seek re-election for a third term.

GOP leaders haven’t called for him to resign from Congress, but Grimm agreed to step down from his seat on the Financial Services Committee for the duration of the investigation into his alleged misconduct.

That move appeared to appease leaders for the time being.

Grimm also has some support in his district: Over the weekend, supporters on Staten Island rallied in solidarity.

“I’m still here, baby!” he cried.

  • Tom Hilton

    Grimm has a list of unethical activities and bizarre behavior as long as my arm. Yet all he can do is scream “WITCH HUNT” and whine about being “bullied”, he the biggest bully of all. What is most interesting is why the Obama regime would ever want to harass the most LIBERAL Republican RINO in Congress. And that is what Grimm is.

  • Adam Smith

    If it seems that central governments regard themselves as omnipotent, it is likely because they cite necessity to justify foolish actions.

  • Scoop Jaxson

    Some claim that particular forms of collectivism, such as “democratic socialism” will eliminate the problem of who decides for whom.

  • jennylingpo

    Staten Islanders are waiting for answers to these important
    questions from Dom Recchia, who has voted in lockstep with our
    ultra-liberal Mayor to raise our taxes:

    1. Why Did You Vote With Bill de Blasio to Raise My Property Taxes 18.5%?
    According to the Staten Island Advance, “Recchia said that the city had ‘no
    choice’ but to raise property taxes.” While Recchia chaired the City
    Council Finance Committee, the total size of property tax bills doubled
    in New York City.

    2. How Can Someone from Brooklyn Represent Me?
    Recchia has never lived a day in his life on Staten Island, nor has he ever
    represented us in the City Council. How can he think it is right to ask
    Staten Islanders to be their Congressman when he doesn’t know what its
    like to live here?

    3. Why Did You Vote With Bill de Blasio To Make Me Pay New Bridge Tolls?
    Even though the majority of Staten Islanders were opposed to the idea,
    Recchia voted in the City Council for Mayor’s Bloomberg’s “Congestion
    Pricing Plan” to force New Yorkers to pay a new $8 toll to cross the
    Brooklyn Bridge and the rest of the bridges to Manhattan.

    4. Why Don’t You Pay Your Own Taxes?
    In spite of his votes to increase property taxes, incomes taxes, cigarette
    taxes, sales taxes and cell phone fees, Recchia has been late with his
    property taxes every year since 2010. He has also had numerous tax liens
    levied on his property for failure to pay his taxes.

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