Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

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New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal tax evasion charge, throwing his future in Congress into question just weeks after he won re-election.

Grimm entered the guilty plea, to one count of tax evasion, in federal court in Brooklyn. Under the plea agreement, he could face up to three years in federal prison — his sentencing is set for June 8.

The State Island congressman, leaving the court, told reporters he’s sorry for mistakes he made as a small business owner but stressed that all this happened before he entered Congress. Asked if he would resign, he said he’d serve as long as he is able.

But even before he formally entered the plea, Democratic officials were calling on him to resign.

“Now that the election is over, Congressman Grimm is finally admitting the truth to his constituents,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said. “Clearly, Speaker Boehner must insist that Congressman Grimm resign immediately.”

Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, said: “We won’t have any announcements until the speaker discusses the matter with Mr. Grimm.”

The congressman won re-election in November while fighting the charges. His comments on whether he’d resign echoed comments he made during an October debate.

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