Who's Likely To Join Duke Cunningham In Prison First-- Buck McKeon Or Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm?
I have a feeling McKeon's problems-- not the bribery stuff, the Adelson/gambling problem-- are too close to national security for a messy trial. We'll leave the FBI alone for a while to work it out in peace. And the FBI has its hands full with Grimm too. A Mafioso character, he was once a secret agent man as well... playing both sides of the fence. What could get dirtier than that? Well, now he's a dirty congressman from Staten Island. Last week, when the House Ethics Committee said that all Grimm's criminal activities that were referred to the Committee were committed before he was sworn in as a congressman and that they therefore couldn't pursue the case, Grimm went running to the local press to tell them he had been cleared by the Committee. It was another typical Grimm lie and Grimm is anything but in the clear. A federal grand jury is looking into his fundraising scams right now-- and that's not about a House Ethics Committee slap on the wrist; it's about prison. Long before he ever ran for Congress, "Mikey Suits" was a NYC hustler on the make, and he first came to our attention years ago when he was involved with Cunningham briber Thomas "Gus" Kontogiannis (currently serving multiple prison terms).
The FBI's public corruption unit has interviewed at least four campaign workers investigating allegations that Grimm accepted illegal campaign contributions, law enforcement sources said.
At least two of those workers have received subpoenas to testify before a grand jury, but both volunteered to answer questions.
Law enforcement sources would not say if grand jury testimony has begun.
The subpoenas, at least in part, are a way to put the squeeze on political operatives, staffers and volunteers so that they’ll speak voluntarily to investigators.
"Let's say, so far, it is a tool to get people's attention-- that we are serious about our questions about the congressman," a law enforcement source told the Daily News.
Grimm’s lawyer, William McGinley, called the leak of grand jury information “deplorable.”
Empaneling a grand jury on a sitting member of Congress traditionally requires a sign off from the top levels of the Justice Department honchos-- most likely U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, sources said.
The grand jury has been busy investigating another case-- allegations that former aides to a prominent New York Rabbi, Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, embezzled millions of dollars worth of donations from the rabbi and his flock.
Pinto is the same rabbi who went to Congressman Anthony Weiner in 2010 to complain that Grimm was pressuring both him and members of his congregation for campaign contributions.
Pinto has been cooperating with the FBI and has met with agents and an assistant U.S. attorney more than 20 times to try to unravel how his congregation was fleeced, three sources said.
The rabbi provided investigators with a list of more than a dozen names of people to question about the congregation's missing millions, sources said.
Included on the list were the names of several congregants who, separately, claimed Grimm accepted illegal campaign contributions in 2010-- and, in one case, an envelope full of cash.
And that's just the public stuff. There's a lot more than just some campaign contributions that's worrying Boehner and Romney about Grimm right now. Earlier, Romney had enlisted Grimm as an attack dog (video below). Once some of his scandals started leaking out to the press, Romney had him fired... ironic when you listen to Grimm talking about how wonder it is to be able to fire people: