Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) confirmed late Monday that he would resign from Congress effective Jan. 5, in the wake of pleading guilty to tax evasion.
The New York Daily News first reported that Grimm, who originally refused to resign after his guilty plea, changed his mind after meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
“After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective January 5th, 2015,” Grimm said in a statement. “This decision is made with a heavy heart, as I have enjoyed a very special relationship and closeness with my constituents, whom I care about deeply.”
“The events which led to this day did not break my spirit, nor the will of the voters,” he continued. “However, I do not believe that I can continue to be 100 percent effective in the next Congress, and therefore, out of respect for the Office and the people I so proudly represent, it is time for me to start the next chapter of my life.”
Read his full statement below:
Here is Michael Grimm’s full statement announcing his resignation pic.twitter.com/BbsuprkOrK
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