Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) plans to resign from Congress in the wake of pleading guilty to tax evasion, according to The New York Daily News.
Grimm, who was easily reelected in November, initially said he would not resign from Congress over the tax changes but, according to the Daily News, he decided to change course after speaking with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Monday.
Grimm will announce his resignation on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the Daily News.
In April, Grimm was charged with 20 felony counts related to his alleged involvement in trying to hide $1 million in wages and sales at the restaurant he helped run before Congress. He was also charged with hiring illegal immigrants.
But last Tuesday Grimm only pleaded to a single count of tax evasion.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will have to call a special election to fill Grimm’s seat as a result of Grimm’s decision.
Grimm also made national headlines when he threatened to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony. He told the reporter “I will break you in half.”