On Friday, Rep. Michael Grimm‘s attorney announced he was facing federal criminal charges, and this morning, the Staten Island Republican surrendered to the FBI and was arrested. The charges against Grimm apparently relate to Healthalicious, the Upper East Side restaurant he had a stake in before running for office — and not the $10,000 he received from straw donors during his campaign, his alleged ties to organized crime, or the time he threatened to “throw [NY1 reporter Michael Scotto] off this fucking balcony.”
UPDATE: Rep. Grimm was indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly underreporting wages at Healthalicious.
“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,” Grimm’s lawyer, Willam McGinley, said in a statement. “Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing. When the dust settles, he will be vindicated.”