Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) has been secretly indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, according to people familiar with the case. The indictment is expected to be unsealed in the coming days.
A person briefed on the case said Grimm was indicted by a grand jury empaneled by the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn and that his attorney had been in talks with prosecutors. Grimm’s attorney, William McGinley, confirmed in a phone call Friday that he had been informed of the pending indictment.
He declined to comment beyond a separate written statement that said: “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.”
McGinley added that “when the dust settles” Grimm “will be vindicated.” Until then, Grimm plans to continue serving in Congress, McGinley said.
House GOP leaders released no statements on the second-term lawmaker’s troubles Friday, while Democrats — who had already identified Grimm as a key target in the November midterms — predicted it would make his reelection more difficult.
The New York filing deadline for candidates has already passed, meaning that Republicans may be stuck with Grimm on the ballot, or without a nominee in the November elections if Grimm steps down before then.
SOURCE: ED O’KEEFE AND SARI HORWITZ
The Washington Post