Former Congressman Blames Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch for Federal Conviction

Remember former Congressman Michael Grimm? In 2014, the Staten Island, NY, Republican angrily threatened to "break" a reporter in half and throw him off a balcony in the Cannon House Office Building rotunda after President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech when the reporter asked him about a federal campaign finance probe. In April of that same year, Grimm was charged by federal authorities with 20 counts of fraud, federal tax evasion, and perjury. “I called on Eric Holder, as a freshman, to resign, and that came back to bite me. Fast forward, out of nowhere, comes this absolutely bogus allegation into my campaign finance, that I didn’t raise the money properly and that I violated the law.” Grimm pled guilty in December of 2014, resigned from Congress, and served several months in prison. He says former AG Loretta Lynch -- who was the Brooklyn federal prosecutor at the time who launched the case -- railroaded him for political gain. “They made a deal with Loretta Lynch, that if she could take me down on anything, didn’t matter what it was, if she could find anything, she would be put to the top of the list for Attorney General,” Grimm said. He presented no evidence for his quid pro quo allegation, which he made on Breitbart News. He’s trying to make his way back to Congress with the help of -- surprise! --Steve BannonRead Grimm’s account here.

Tiffany D. Cross