The House Ethics Committee is postponing an investigation into threats that Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm made against NY1 reporter Michael Scotto.
The committee had been trying to determine whether Grimm violated House rules by physically threatening Scotto in a House office building following the president's State of the Union address in January.
The incident, which occurred after an interview, was captured on videotape and became a national news story.
The congressman initially defended his actions, then later apologized.
In April, a House Ethics board recommended that the committee review the case because it found substantial reason to believe Grimm broke House rules.
Since the incident, Grimm was charged with federal tax fraud and perjury connected to an Upper East Side health food store that he formally owned.
The ethics panel says it was deferring the inquiry at the request of the Department of Justice, which repeatedly asked the committee to stand down over allegations Grimm broke campaign finance laws.
Grimm is facing a tough re-election battle this November.