Matt Boyle hosted former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) in-studio in Midtown Manhattan to discuss the circumstances of his fall from grace and his hopes for returning to office in 2018.
Grimm recounted the saga that led to his resigning his Staten Island-based U.S. House seat in early 2015 and serving seven months in prison on a felony tax fraud charge. According to Grimm, the scandal, from the start, was linked to the political rise of President Barack Obama’s second attorney general, Loretta Lynch.
Grimm cited his efforts to bring Lynch’s predecessor, Attorney General Eric Holder, to account for the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal that left a federal agent dead.
“This was mismanagement at the highest level, and it was the highest cost with human life,” Grimm told Boyle. “So I called on Eric Holder, as a freshman, to resign, and that came back to bite me. Fast forward, out of nowhere, comes this absolutely bogus allegation into my campaign finance, that I didn’t raise the money properly and that I violated the law. I was never worried about it because, you know, listen, I’m a former agent; I don’t take bags of cash or any of that nonsense.”
“Two-and-a-half years they investigated every aspect of my life … under the auspices that it was about campaign finance,” Grimm said as he and Boyle discussed how both the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission closed their investigations without bringing any charges.