Michael Grimm Steps Down From House Financial Services Committee

The New York Republican has been charged on 20 criminal counts.

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.
National Journal
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Elahe Izad
April 28, 2014, 2:52 p.m.

The same day that Rep. Mi­chael Grimm pleaded not guilty to 20 crim­in­al counts, the New York Re­pub­lic­an has stepped down from his post on the House Fin­an­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee.

In a let­ter to House Speak­er John Boehner Monday, Grimm wrote: “In light of re­cent events, I am writ­ing this let­ter to re­spect­fully re­quest to be re­moved from my po­s­i­tion on the House Fin­an­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee. Upon a suc­cess­ful res­ol­u­tion of pending leg­al mat­ters my in­ten­tion is to re­sume said po­s­i­tion as an act­ive mem­ber of the com­mit­tee.”

Boehner spokes­man Mi­chael Steel said, “The speak­er be­lieves Rep. Grimm’s de­cision is ap­pro­pri­ate un­der the cir­cum­stances.”

Grimm has been charged with per­jury, wire and mail fraud, and em­ploy­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants, among oth­er counts. Pro­sec­utors al­lege that Grimm failed to dis­close more than $1 mil­lion of in­come from a health food res­taur­ant, among oth­er charges.

Grimm has in­sisted that he is in­no­cent, say­ing the charges amount to a “polit­ic­al witch hunt.” He plans to run for reelec­tion, al­though the in­dict­ment promp­ted The Cook Polit­ic­al Re­port to move the race in­to the “lean Demo­crat­ic” column, as the fil­ing dead­line for an­oth­er Re­pub­lic­an to run for the seat has passed.