Rep. Michael Grimm who plead guilty to one felony count of tax evasion last week, will give up his seat in the House after talking to Speaker Boehner. As MSNBC's Steve Kornacki discussed the clip above, now figuring out what to do about Rep. Steve Scalise will be Boehner's biggest headache when they return for the new session of Congress.
Rep. Michael Grimm has decided to resign from Congress in the wake of his guilty plea on a felony tax evasion charge, sources told the Daily News Monday night.
Grimm (R-S.I.) said after he entered his plea last week that he planned to continue serving in the House.
But he reversed course after speaking Monday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has taken a hard line on GOPers facing ethics charges.
Grimm plans to announce his resignation on Tuesday or Wednesday, sources said.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel declined to comment.
"We do not discuss private conservations the speaker has with members," Steel said.
Before his plea, Grimm had been scheduled to go on trial Feb. 2 on charges of evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in receipts and wages at Healthalicious, a Manhattan restaurant he owned before he was elected to Congress in 2010. [...]
Grimm's resignation will mean Gov. Cuomo has to call a special election to fill the seat.
GOP candidates could include Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who has faced scathing criticism over a grand jury's failure to hand down an indictment in the Eric Garner case, along with Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and state Sen. Andrew Lanza.
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