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Tag: House Ethics Committee

Justice Department Takes Over Rep. Michael Grimm Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department is leading an investigation to determine if Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., a former FBI agent, violated the law when he solicited campaign cash from foreign nationals in exchange for helping an Israeli obtain a green card, USA Today reports.

The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously to hand the probe over to the Justice Department to investigate.

Grimm, of Staten Island, referred questions to his attorney, William McGinley.

“We appreciate the committee’s decision to defer consideration of this matter while we continue to work with the Department of Justice to favorably resolve the false allegations against Congressman Grimm,” McGinley said in a statement. “Any fair and objective review of all of the facts in this matter will conclude that Congressman Grimm engaged in no wrongdoing. We are confident that the Department of Justice and the Ethics Committee will reach that result.”

Conservative Legal Group Wants House to Probe Rep. Conyers in Wake of His Wife’s Guilty Plea For Corruption

It appears John Conyers, who lives in Washington, and his wife who lives in Detroit, are apart far more than they are together. Does that mean Conyer’s didn’t keep tabs on his wife’s corrupt way? Either way, his wife’s activities have certainly cast a cloud over him. Is that enough to trigger a House ethics investigation? The prosecutors say they have nothing to suggest Conyers knew. Is that good enough?

Rep. John Conyers

Rep. John Conyers

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A conservative legal foundation this week urged the House ethics panel to investigate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) as new details emerged about his wife’s involvement in a Detroit bribery scheme.

Though Monica Conyers, a Detroit City Council member, pleaded guilty last month and admitted taking several thousand dollars in the scheme, charges filed Wednesday against one of her former top aides allege that the councilwoman took at least $65,000 from people seeking contracts from the council or a pension board on which she sat in 2006 and 2007.

Federal prosecutors in Michigan accuse Conyers and the aide of using their positions in government to engage in a “persistent and continuing pattern of extortion and bribery.” Prosecutors said last month that they had “no suggestion” the congressman was aware of his wife’s activities.

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