A New York Republican congressman, the subject a long criminal investigation into alleged campaign finance violations, is expecting to face criminal charges as soon as next week, his attorney said.
"After more than two years of investigation plagued by malicious leaks, violations of grand jury secrecy, and strong-arm tactics, the U.S. Attorney's Office has disclosed its intent to file criminal charges against Congressman Grimm,'' attorney William McGinley said in a statement. "We are disappointed by the government's decision, but hardly surprised.''
Grimm, a former FBI agent from Staten Island, was being targeted for allegedly soliciting campaign contributions from foreign nationals in exchange for assisting an Israeli man with obtaining a green card.
The House Ethics Committee deferred the matter to the Justice Department in 2012.
"From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven vendetta against Congressman Grimm and not an independent search for the truth,'' McGinley said. "Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing. When the dust settles, he will be vindicated. Until then, he will continue to serve his constituents with the same dedication and tenacity that has characterized his lifetime of public service as a Member of Congress, Marine Corps combat veteran, and decorated FBI special agent."