Ethics committee again defers to Justice Department in Rep. Grimm probe

November 26, 2013
Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) in July  2010. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images)
Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) in July  2010. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images)

The Justice Department is apparently still looking into Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

The House ethics committee announced Tuesday that it will continue to defer its investigation of Grimm at the request of the Justice Department — echoing a deferral it first made a year ago.

"The Department of Justice has asked the Committee to continue to defer consideration of this matter and the Committee, following precedent, agreed to continue to defer consideration of this matter at this time," the committee said in a statement.

The committee said it will continue to make public statements annually about whether it will continue to defer to the Justice Department. Today's statement comes the same day the committee first announced in 2012 that it would defer the case.

The Justice Department is looking into allegations stemming from Grimm's first congressional campaign in 2010 that he broke campaign finance laws by using straw donors and pledged to obtain a green card for an Israeli national in exchange for securing donations from a New York synagogue.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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