Saturday, April 26, 2014

Grimm Fandango

Our old friend, NY Republican Rep. Michael "break you in half like a boy" Grimm apparently has much bigger problems than his bizarre and utterly self-serving 180 into climate change convert to Chris Hayes (mainly because it means his Staten Island/Brooklyn district would be underwater when it happens and the voters know it.)

He's the latest Republican to face an indictment over funny business with his money business.

Rep. Michael G. Grimm is expected to be indicted by the U.S. Attorney in New York, his attorney and a source familiar with the case confirmed to CQ Roll Call. […]

The indictment of the New York Republican would come nearly two years after the Justice Department first launched a formal investigation into Grimm’s campaign finances. It began the summer of 2012, several months after revelations first surfaced in a New York Times article that the lawmaker, then a freshman, might have bolstered his first bid for congressional office by filing erroneous campaign finance reports and offering to help get a green card for a non-citizen on condition that the individual help raise money on Grimm’s behalf.

NBC is also reporting that the indictment will stem from Grimm's business dealings outside of Congress.

For those who need a refresher on the timeline of Grimm’s troubles, the New York Times ran a report in February 2012 on allegations the congressman – himself a former FBI agent – skirted fundraising limits and accepted envelopes with cash in them in 2010, during his first campaign. The Times also documented Grimm’s business partnership with a fellow former FBI agent who was indicted on racketeering and fraud charges.

In July 2012, a federal grand jury was convened after the FBI’s public corruption unit interviewed several Grimm campaign workers. A law enforcement source told the New York Daily News at the time, “Let’s say, so far, it is a tool to get people’s attention – that we are serious about our questions about the congressman.”

And now it looks like those questions will be put very distinctly to Grimm in a court of law.  Can't say I'm sorry to see the guy get the hook.  Hopefully his opponent Democrat Domenic Recchia can score a pickup for Team Blue in November.

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