WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Representative Michael Grimm, who was indicted Monday on fraud charges, said he was stepping down from the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the New York congressman said he was asking to be removed from the committee “in light of recent events.” He added that “upon a successful resolution of pending legal matters my intention is to resume said position as an active member of the committee.”
A spokesman for Boehner said the speaker “believes Rep. Grimm’s decision is appropriate under the circumstances.”
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Peter Cooney)
[Image: U.S. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) speaks at a news conference outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn Borough of New York April 28, 2014. By Brendan McDermid for Reuters.]