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Grimm Says ‘Russiagate’ Investigation Will Exonerate Him

Running for his old seat, Grimm says same players in ‘politically driven’ Russia investigation also drove him from office

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., hoping to regain his old seat, said he hopes the House Intelligence Committee's probe into the FBI leads to exoneration of the charges against him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm said he hopes that the Republican probe into the FBI over the Russian investigation will exonerate the charges that led to him leaving Congress.

The House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to release a classified memo the committee’s Republicans compiled on the FBI and its investigation into President Donald Trump.

The vote also comes amid news that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe would leave the bureau.

“The vote by the House Intelligence Committee to declassify the FISA abuse memo and the departure of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe are much-needed steps toward reining in the politicization of our justice system,” Grimm said.

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Grimm is running in the Republican primary to challenge Rep. Dan Donovan to win back his former seat representing New York’s 11th District, which encompasses Staten Island.

Grimm, a former FBI agent, said he hopes Republicans’ efforts also reveal he was politically persecuted.

“The same politically corrupt team of players that includes McCabe, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, and many others have had their hands in every politically driven investigation conducted by federal law enforcement in recent years — from sabotaging President Trump with the Russiagate conspiracy theory, to letting Hillary Clinton off the hook in 2016, and as far back as leveraging a civil business violation to drive me out of office in 2014,” he said. 

Grimm has said in the past that former  Attorney General Loretta Lynch targeted him when she was a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York for political purposes and to become attorney general.

In 2014, Grimm pleaded guilty to tax fraud in connection to a health food restaurant he ran.

He subsequently left Congress and served seven months in prison, which led to Donovan winning the seat in a special election.

 

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