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February 12, 2016

Reports: Michael Grimm Arrested Monday

{Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael G. Grimm surrendered to the FBI Monday morning to face federal fraud charges relating to a health food restaurant he owned prior to serving in Congress, The Washington Post and other news organizations are reporting.

A source told CQ Roll Call that there is expected to be an 11 a.m. news conference at the headquarters of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which has prosecutorial jurisdiction over the matter.

The New York Republican, who represents Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn, opened Healthalicious in 2006 after he left an FBI posting as an undercover agent looking to suss out white-collar crime on Wall Street.

Grimm’s campaign finances have been the subject of an ongoing investigation for years, but prosecutors have focused on his involvement with the restaurant. Charges from a grand jury indictment are expected to be unsealed today, the New York Daily News reported. Mail and wire fraud and tax-related charges are expected, another source told CQ Roll Call.

Grimm’s lawyer pre-emptively denied the charges on April 25, and Grimm’s legal team did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday morning, nor did spokesmen with the U.S. Attorney’s office or the FBI.

The main switchboard at Grimm’s Capitol Hill office went straight to voicemail on Monday morning, and an email to his chief of staff went unanswered at the time of this report.

Republicans are probably stuck with Grimm’s name on the November ballot because the filing deadline has passed in New York. Jerry H. Goldfeder, an attorney specializing in election law, wrote that there appears to be only one way for Grimm to be removed from the ballot if Republicans want to run someone else: have the GOP nominate him to become a New York Supreme Court justice.

Related Stories:

Grimm Expected to Be Indicted

GOP Could Be Stuck With Grimm, Despite Expected Indictment

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

  • Truth Happens

    Too bad for him he’s not an Obama-Dem. They’d throw him a party and give him a high paying leadership role in “Obamacare.”

    If he’s guilty, throw the book at him, with prejudice.

  • Debbie

    And this has to do with Obama how? Sometimes I think that those of you who incessantly connect the president with every bad thing that happens in the world must not have much of a life. Go outside for awhile & think about something else.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    As a former republican supporter, it sickens me the way the senate republicans have held” hostage” the passing of the unemployment extension bill in the senate. When there are more than 2.6 million families affected by unemployment in this country, many of whom have lost everything and have become homeless, while waiting for the extension bill to finally be passed. It saddens me to think that my party who claims to represent “family values”, have shown itself, to be the party that represents big business interests, and lobbyists. Senators such as John Boehner, have put the interest of the XL Oil Pipeline lobbyist, before his own constituents, and countrymen. The republican party has shown us their “new face”, and it’s not a pretty one. When millions of families in this country have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness, the senate are still playing “party politics” as usual. Since late last December the republican senate have used these poor families as bargaining chips, and for political leverage, to advance their own political agenda. As Benjamin Franklin once said “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”, and the republican party will see a tremendous backlash by these millions of voters in the coming election. Many of voters who were once long time republicans, are disillusioned, and disgusted by the republicans uncaring and unsympathetic policies and decisions. I nor any of my “former ‘ republican friends, will not ever AGAIN VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

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