House Ethics Committee Halts Grimm Probe At DOJ Request
Do you think that this would have been dropped if Grimm had a -D after his name instead of being a Republican representative?
The House Ethics Committee has put on hold a probe into Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), following a request from the Department of Justice, the committee said in a statement released Monday.
The committee had been looking into whether Grimm solicited and accepted donations that violate campaign finance laws, included false information on campaign finance reports, and improperly received fundraising help from a foreign national in exchange for a promise of help getting a green card.
‘The Department of Justice has asked the Committee to defer consideration of this matter and the Committee, following precedent, unanimously voted to defer consideration of this matter at this time,’ said the statement, issued by committee Chair Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) and ranking member Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA). ‘At least annually, the Committee will make a public statement if it continues to defer taking action on the matter. The Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.’
Grimm won reelection earlier this month, despite months of reports in the media about federal scrutiny of his fundraising. The FBI apparently began looking into Grimm (himself a former FBI agent) following a January New York Times article that raised questions about the role an aide to Manhattan Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto played in Grimm’s campaign.