An interview with Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) after Tuesday’s State of the Union address turned into a strange confrontation with NY1 reporter Michael Scotto.
“I’m not speaking about anything that’s off-topic,” Grimm tells Scotto. “This is only about the president.”
“Well, what about –” Scotto begins to say, before Grimm walks off-camera, at which point the reporter tells viewers, “Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances.”
Questions began to mount concerning Grimm’s finances after one of his fundraisers, Diana Durand, was arrested by federal officials earlier this month on suspicion of using fake donors to funnel nearly $10,000 into his campaign. The New York Daily News reported on Jan. 20 that records suggest that Durand, Grimm and others took part in a “donor-swapping” scheme involving candidates in multiple states.
After concluding the segment, Scotto signs off, but the footage shows him reacting to something Grimm said before Grimm reappears and walks directly up to him in a physicallly aggressive fashion. Talking Points Memo reported that the congressman allegedly told Scotto, “I will break you in half.”
Watch footage of the confrontation, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
[Image via Rep. Michael Grimm Facebook page]