The House Ethics Committee said Monday that it would begin an inquiry into whether Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) violated campaign finance laws.
First though, the committee will defer to a separate investigation from the Justice Department, which is also looking into whether Grimm, who recently won reelection over Democrat Mark Murphy, is guilty of a number of infractions.
The Ethics Committee listed possible solicitation and acceptance of illegal campaign contributions, falsification of information included in campaign finance reports and offering to assist a foreign national obtain a green card in exchange for campaign contributions.
The Office of Congressional Ethics first brought the allegations to the Ethics Committee’s attention in June, though it recommended that the issue be dismissed due to the a lack of proof that Grimm’s alleged actions took place after he was elected to the House. The Ethics Committee dismissed the OCE’s rationale, deciding that Grimm’s possible actions taking place during a congressional campaign places him within its jurisdiction.