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Former Congressman Michael Grimm Spotted on House Floor (Updated)

Grimm said he won't step down, despite pleading guilty to a felony tax evasion charge Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Grimm said he won't step down, despite pleading guilty to a felony tax evasion charge Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:35 p.m. | 
Former Rep. Michael G. Grimm was spotted visiting old colleagues Wednesday.  

Reporters saw Grimm, who resigned on Jan. 5 after pleading guilty in December to a charge of felony tax evasion, walking the Capitol hallways before sheepishly stepping onto the floor. House rules allow former members to keep their floor privileges after they leave office, and Grimm was still wearing his members’ pin on his suit jacket lapel.  

In an elevator chat with CQ Roll Call, the New York Republican — surrounded by surprised lawmakers — said he was on the Hill purely for social reasons.  

During the first series of House votes Wednesday, Grimm was in the chamber, coincidentally, at the same time that another disgraced former House lawmaker chose to stop by: frequent visitor David Wu, a Democrat originally of Oregon.  

During second vote series later in the afternoon, Grimm was back to make the rounds, seen receiving handshakes from South Carolina GOP Reps. Mick Mulvaney, Trey Gowdy and Tom Rice. Fellow New York Republican Richard Hanna gave him a heartier “hello,” and Tom Reed, another Republican from the Empire State, pulled Grimm into a bear hug before the two men took a seat to chat.  

He also exchanged words with Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who played a role in recruiting Grimm for his first successful House bid during his tenure as head of the National Republican Congressional Committee.  

Under the terms of his plea deal, Grimm is set to be sentenced by a federal judge on June 8 for causing the filing of a false and fraudulent tax return in connection with a health food restaurant he owned and operated prior to serving in Congress. He pleaded guilty on Dec. 23 to one charge of a 20-count indictment.  

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has not set a date for a special election to replace Grimm in the Staten Island- and Brooklyn-based 11th District.  

Katherine Tully-McManus contributed to this article.
Correction 7:02 p.m. An earlier version of this post misstated the name of the National Republican Congressional Committee.  


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