Downstate lawmaker surrenders to face federal charges

FILE- This May 9, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File).
FILE- This May 9, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File).

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn says New York Congressman Michael Grimm has been taken into custody to face federal charges.

The Staten Island Republican was being booked on Monday at the New York FBI office in lower Manhattan. He was expected to be arraigned later.

Prosecutors didn’t immediately specify the exact charges he faces. Investigators have been examining his fundraising in a 2010 race and his involvement in a restaurant that was once fined for not carrying workers’ compensation insurance.

Grimm is a former agent with the FBI. His lawyer said last week that he expected prosecutors to file charges. He said his client would be vindicated.

In January, Grimm was thrust into the national spotlight after he was caught on video after President Obama’s State of the Union address threatening a reporter from NY1.

“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—ing balcony…. You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half,” he is heard saying, according to NY1.

Reporter Michael Scotto had just asked Grimm about a campaign finance scandal.

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