Grimm Leaving Congress After Copping to Tax Fraud
Though he pledged that he would not resign after copping guilty two weeks earlier to a federal tax-evasion charge, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm will give up his congressional seat at midnight, an aide confirmed Monday.
“After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress,” Grimm, a Republican who represents Staten Island and the southern tip of Brooklyn, said in a statement. “This decision is made with a heavy heart, as I have enjoyed a very special relationship and closeness with my constituents, whom I care about deeply.”
A representative with Grimm’s office in Washington declined to comment on who Grimm backed to be his replacement.
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