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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.