Michael G. Grimm informed House Speaker John A. Boehner in a letter Monday he is stepping down from his post on the House Financial Services Committee while he battles criminal fraud and tax-evasion charges.
ďIn 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,Ē the New York Republican wrote in the letter.
Boehnerís spokesman, Michael Steel, said the speaker agreed with Grimmís choice.
ďThe speaker believes Rep. Grimmís decision is appropriate under the circumstances,Ē Steel said.
Grimm was charged Monday with 20 counts of illegal activity relating to the health food store he owned and operated between 2006 and 2010, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and impede the Internal Revenue Service. Grimm was also charged with filing false tax returns, knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants and lying under oath.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.