STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) is expected to be indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York following a long federal investigation, his attorney told the Advance.
In a statement to the paper, Washington D.C. attorney William McGinley said “After more than two years of investigation plagued by malicious leaks, violations of grand jury secrecy, and strong-arm tactics, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has disclosed its intent to file criminal charges against Congressman Grimm. We are disappointed by the government’s decision, but hardly surprised.”
McGinley said, “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. When the dust settles, he will be vindicated.”
He added, “Until then, he will continue to serve his constituents with the same dedication and tenacity that has characterized his lifetime of public service as a Member of Congress, Marine Corps combat veteran, and decorated FBI Special Agent.”
While it was initially thought that Grimm would be indicted on charges connected to his 2010 campaign fundraising, which have been under investigation by the Justice Department, the New York Times reported it would be on federal fraud charges.
The paper said the charges will include mail fraud and wire fraud and focus on his conduct in connection with a health food restaurant he owned on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after he left the FBI.
Grimm’s office did not immediately return calls seeking comment. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn said he could not confirm, deny or comment on the report.
Grimm is the GOP, Conservative and Independence candidate in the race and cannot be taken off the ballot unless he moves out of the district, runs for a judgeship or is convicted before the general election.