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ELECTED TO THIRD TERM, WILL ANNOUNCE DEPARTURE THIS WEEK

by Sharon Rondeau

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) will resign from Congress this week in the wake of a guilty plea to preparing a false tax return for 2009.

(Dec. 29, 2014) — Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has decided to resign his seat after pleading guilty to a felony on December 23, according to The New York Daily News on Monday.

After his indictment last April, Grimm said he would not resign and that his prosecution for tax evasion, hiring illegal aliens, and paying them in cash.

Grimm won re-election in November and had said that he would fight to clear his name, referring to himself as “a man of integrity.”

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi had urged Speaker of the House John Boehner to call for Grimm’s resignation.

On December 23, Grimm had said that he would not resign.  His guilty plea concerned tax evasion for the year 2009.  He will also make restitution payments to both the federal government and state of New York concerning his taxes for 2007 through 2010.

In January, Grimm threatened to throw a television reporter over a balcony and “break him in half” after the reporter asked him about the charges.

Grimm is a former FBI agent and U.S. Marine. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a law degree in 2002 from New York Law School.

Grimm may also have knowingly accepted campaign funds from a non-U.S.-citizen.  A former business partner of Grimm’s who had also worked for the FBI was convicted of racketeering and fraud.

Grimm is expected to make a formal announcement regarding his resignation on Tuesday or Wednesday.

He faces sentencing on June 8.  A special election will be held in Grimm’s district to choose his replacement.

 

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  1. Well, we certainly don’t need any Republicans who act like Democrats. Of course, had he been a Democrat, he would refuse to resign and his troubles and trials would not be seen or heard on any mainstream media outlet and Nancy Pelosi would be quiet as a mouse.