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U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty
From the Wall Street Journal of Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:09:48 EST
U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm speaks to the media outside federal court in Brooklyn after pleading guilty to a tax evasion charge.
U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm speaks to the media outside federal court in Brooklyn after pleading guilty to a tax evasion charge. The Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single felony tax fraud charge in federal court in Brooklyn.

The Republican congressman from Staten Island had faced a 20-count indictment earlier this year in a case that grew out of an investigation of his campaign financing.

Federal prosecutors said the tax fraud stemmed from Mr. Grimm’s investment in a Manhattan restaurant, after he left the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2007.

Mr. Grimm, who won re-election to a third term in New York’s 11th congressional district in November, could face pressure to resign. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for his resignation in a statement Tuesday.

“Now that the election is over, Congressman Grimm is finally admitting the truth to his constituents,” the Democrat said. “Clearly, Speaker Boehner must insist that Congressman Grimm resign immediately.”

Speaking outside the courthouse after his plea, Mr. Grimm apologized to his constituents but said he didn't plan to resign.

Mr. Grimm told reporters he had spoken with GOP House leadership, but didn't elaborate.



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