Ethics Group Files Complaint Over Michael Grimm’s Threats

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wants an investigation into the New York Republican’s conduct.

A sign for the Office of Congressional Ethics hangs on a wall October 30, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Matt Berman
Jan. 29, 2014, 10:41 a.m.

Rep. Mi­chael Grimm may not be able to dodge his threats to break a re­port­er in half with just an apo­logy.

On Wed­nes­day, Cit­izens for Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Eth­ics in Wash­ing­ton filed a re­quest with the Of­fice of Con­gres­sion­al Eth­ics to be­gin an in­vest­ig­a­tion to see wheth­er Grimm “vi­ol­ated House rules by phys­ic­ally and verbally threat­en­ing a re­port­er fol­low­ing the State of the Uni­on ad­dress” on Tues­day night. Grimm’s threat to toss the NY1 re­port­er over a bal­cony vi­ol­ates House Rule 23, CREW con­tends. That rule man­dates all House mem­bers con­duct them­selves “at all times in a man­ner that re­flects cred­ib­il­ity on the House.”

CREW com­pares Grimm’s be­ha­vi­or with that of former Rep. Bob Fil­ner, D-Cal­if., who was cited in 2007 by the House Eth­ics Com­mit­tee for demon­strat­ing “poor judg­ment” at Dulles Air­port.

This isn’t Grimm’s first run-in with CREW. The group filed two sep­ar­ate com­plaints about the New York Re­pub­lic­an in 2012, and it in­cluded him on its most re­cent (bi­par­tis­an) list of the most cor­rupt mem­bers of Con­gress.

If this in­vest­ig­a­tion ac­tu­ally hap­pens, it wouldn’t be the only one Grimm has to worry about. Earli­er this month, the FBI ar­res­ted a former Grimm fun­draiser on charges she il­leg­ally brought in more than $100,000 to his cam­paign. Grimm is also un­der fed­er­al in­vest­ig­a­tion over ac­cus­a­tions that he or his cam­paign il­leg­ally asked for money from for­eign donors.

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