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GOP congressman Michael Grimm pleads guilty to tax fraud: defense lawyer

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U.S. Representative Michael Grimm of New York pleaded guilty to a federal felony tax charge on Tuesday, seven weeks after coasting to reelection despite his indictment.

Grimm, a Republican, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to aiding the preparation of a false tax return in connection with a health food restaurant, Healthalicious, that he co-owned before his political career.

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U.S. prosecutors had charged Grimm in a 20-count indictment unveiled in April that focused on allegedly illegal wage and tax practices at the restaurant. Trial had been scheduled for February.

“While operating a restaurant, we underestimated the gross receipts and used some of the money to pay employees off the books and some other expenses,” Grimm said in court.

It’s unclear whether Grimm intends to resign his seat. Some Congressional Democrats have already begun calling on John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, to force Grimm to step down.

“Clearly, Speaker (John) Boehner must insist that Congressman Grimm resign immediately,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in a statement from her home earlier on Tuesday. Boehner has not yet commented.

The 44-year-old former Marine and FBI agent, who represents parts of New York City’s Staten Island and Brooklyn boroughs, faces a maximum of three years in prison when he is sentenced on June 8. H

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is lawyers are likely to ask Chen to impose a sentence with no imprisonment.

If he chooses not to resign, he could also face discipline from the House, including reprimand, censure or expulsion.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond; Writing by Joseph Ax; Editing by Diane Craft and Andrew Hay)

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Trump ridiculed for his late-night ‘OPEN THE SCHOOLS’ rant: ‘Eat your Big Mac and shut up’

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President Donald Trump demanded local school boards reopen schools during a late night tweet sent after 11 p.m. on Monday.

"OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!" Trump demanded, in all capital letters with three exclamation marks.

The president was harshly criticized for his tweet, here's some of what people were saying:

Dear Stupid,

You can't even get your own son's school to open.

They have refused.

The school where your son Barron is being educated refuses to open because it's not safe.

Now sit there, eat your Big Mac, and shut up.

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Florida Democrats ask their own candidate to withdraw his candidacy after cocaine arrest: report

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Democrats in Florida are asking their own candidate to end his campaign for county commission after an arrest for DUI and cocaine.

"A Collier County commission candidate's arrest in East Naples this past weekend has prompted calls from his party to drop out of the race," the Naples Daily News reported Monday. "John Jenkins, 55, was booked into the Naples Jail Center Sunday morning and faces a felony charge of possession of cocaine, according to a Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report. He was released later that day on $5,000 bond."

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