- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

House Republican leadership is not yet calling on indicted Rep. Michael Grimm to resign, but the organization tasked with electing Republicans to the House is already taking moves to back away from the embattled congressman.

Mr. Grimm will no longer be involved in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s third “Patriot Day” fundraiser on May 21, an NRCC official confirmed. The committee’s “Patriot Program” is designed to help incumbent House Republicans in swing districts.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Tuesday that Mr. Grimm’s decision to step down from the House Financial Services Committee was the correct one but stopped short of calling for him to resign his seat.

Federal prosecutors unveiled a 20-count indictment Monday charging Mr. Grimm with tax and wire fraud and perjury, among other crimes, related to his role in running a Manhattan restaurant before he was elected to Congress.

Mr. Grimm entered a not guilty plea to the charges Monday and vowed to fight “tooth and nail” until he is exonerated.

The news about the fundraiser was first reported by Politico.

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