“As a former F.B.I. agent, Representative Grimm should understand the motto: fidelity, bravery and integrity,” George Venizelos, an F.B.I. assistant director, said in a statement. “Yet he broke our credo at nearly every turn.
Back in January 2013, when Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) was asked by a reporter to comment on the FBI investigation of him, Grimm threatened to toss the reporter of the Capital veranda balcony. There were no threats on Monday as the FBI arrested the Congressman who was charged on a 20-count indictment.
Grimm is charged with federal fraud charges. He is accused of concealing more than $1 million in sales for the restaurant, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in employee wages (avoiding his share state and federal taxes). He is also accused of lying under oath in January 2013, while he was a member of Congress, while making a deposition. The litany of charges he faces includes perjury, wire fraud, mail fraud, obstruction of justice, employment of illegal immigrants, obstructing and impeding tax laws, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
ABC News is reporting:
After taking him into custody FBI Assistant Director George Venizelos issued a scathing assessment of Grimm.
“As a former FBI agent, Representative Grimm should understand the motto: fidelity, bravery, and integrity. Yet he broke our credo at nearly every turn. In this twenty-count indictment, Representative Grimm lived by a new motto: fraud, perjury, and obstruction," Venizelos said.
"We demand the best from our political leaders. Yet today, we again find ourselves expecting and rightfully wanting more. And as citizens of this great nation we rightfully demand it,” the FBI agent said.
Through his spokesman Grimm denied the charges:
We are disappointed by the government's decision, but hardly surprised. From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven vendetta against Congressman Grimm and not an independent search for the truth. Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing.