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Ethics Committee Defers Action on Grimm

Grimm dodges an ethics bullet — for now — in the case of the balcony-tossing threat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

At the request of the Justice Department, House Ethics Committee has deferred any action on Rep. Michael G. Grimm for telling a reporter on the night of the State of the Union that he would throw him off the Cannon House Office Building balcony for attempting to ask the New York Republican about the federal investigation into alleged campaign finance violations.  

The panel announced Wednesday evening that it had voted to pass on the matter at this time after receiving the request from the Justice Department, adding that it would check in with the public at least once a year if it continues to defer action. The committee also released the official report it received from the Office of Congressional Ethics, in which the quasi-independent entity unanimously recommended that the ethics panel pursue a full investigation into Grimm's actions, which also included a threat against NY1 reporter Michael Scotto that he would break him in half "like a boy."  

Rep. Michael Grimm Indicted for Fraud

Rep. Michael Grimm , R-N.Y., was indicted on Monday on charges of underreporting payroll for his New York health-food restaurant, Healthicious.  

Grimm was charged with hiding more than $1 million in restaurant receipts and employee wages, as well as hiding a separate set of computer payroll records. The indictment charges Grimm with wire fraud, mail fraud, employment of illegal immigrants, perjury, obstruction of justice, obstructing and impeding tax laws and conspiracy to defraud the government.  

Michael Grimm Indicted on 20 Counts (Updated)

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Updated 12:50 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., was handed a 20-count indictment on Monday morning, relating to the health food store he owned and operated prior to his election to Congress in 2010.  

The second-term congressman, who surrendered to authorities in New York earlier in the day, has now been released on a $400,000 bond, according to local news reports. Grimm's hometown paper, the Staten Island Advance, reported that the terms of his release restricts his travel to the continental United States. He also must surrender his passport, which Grimm reportedly said was in Washington, D.C.  

Michael Grimm's Close Friend Indicted

A close friend of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y,. was indicted on Friday for federal campaign finance violations.  

Diana Durand , a Houston, Texas, executive at RelaDyne, was indicted in New York for causing more than $10,000 in contributions to be made in the names of others to a federal campaign between November 2009 and October 2010. She was also charged with making false statements to the F.B.I. Durand's attorney stated plea talks between prosecutors and Durand collapsed after she refused to implicate Grimm, according to the NewYork Daily News.  

Rep. Michael Grimm Expected to Be Indicted (Updated)

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Updated 7:36 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm is expected to be indicted on federal charges in New York, his attorney and a source familiar with the case confirmed to CQ Roll Call.  

“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," said Grimm's attorney, William McGinley of Patton Boggs LLP, in an emailed statement.  

House Members Needing and Paying for Attorneys

At any given time there are always some members of the House of Representatives who find themselves in the need of having to pay for attorneys and legal services. In some instances, a member may have been dealing with the House Office of Congressional Ethics or the House Ethics Committee, such as Reps. Andrews, Bachmann, Bishop, Grimm, McMorris Rodgers, Mullin, Owens, and Schock.  

In the first quarter of this year, here are some of the large payments.  

Members of Congress and Super PACs Keep Lawyers Busy

Campaign finance lawyers have been busy in the last few months providing legal services to members of Congress, Super PACs, and presidential campaigns.  

Several Senate and House members  dealt with serious campaign finance legal questions and investigations during the last quarter of 2013. Here are a few of the members of Congress and political organizations that paid for legal services, many relating to investigations and inquiries by the House and Senate Ethics Committees, the Federal Election Commission, and others.