Ethics Committee declines to take up Michael Grimm’s confrontation with TV reporter


Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) talks to reporters in January 2013. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

The House Ethics Committee says it will not investigate the angry confrontation between Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and a television reporter that occurred on the night of the State of the Union.

The ethics panel said in a statement Wednesday that the confrontation had been referred to them for investigation, but in a statement the committee said it would defer to the Justice Department as it continues a wide-ranging investigation into Grimm after charging him in connection to a restaurant business he operated before entering Congress in 2011.

Grimm turned himself in to authorities in late April and said he would fight the charges. He is running for reelection and easily won an uncontested primary Tuesday night.

On the night of the State of the Union in February, Grimm angrily confronted NY1 reporter Michael Scotto as they wrapped up an interview. Footage of the incident showed the Staten Island congressman ending the interview after Scotto asked him about allegations of campaign finance wrongdoing that had been part of the years-long federal probe.

Grimm apologized for his behavior the next day, and Scotto later said he accepted the apology.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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