It will be the holiday season before Congressman Michael Grimm shows back up in court for his tax evasion trial. A trial date was set today. At the same time, a plea deal is expected in a case related to his inaugural run for Congress. NY1’s Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Congressman Michael Grimm won't have to worry about one thing this election cycle: his tax evasion trial.
A federal judge set a December 1 trial date for the Congressman, who faces a twenty count federal indictment—on top of a tough race for re-election.
In fact, Grimm's attorneys argued to delay the trial until January to provide a "cooling off" period after his campaign.
They pointed to an ad released by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday, saying it could taint the jury pool.
The ad says: "Michael Grimm made the choice to go from upholding the law to breaking it... I will not abandon my post I have an election to win. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for this advertising."
The judge dismissed the argument, meaning Grimm's case will start less than a month after Election Day.
Outside of court, the congressman, did not take any questions.
Meanwhile, Diana Durand—Grimm's alleged ex-girlfriend—is expected to enter into a plea deal in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday.
She is charged with violating campaign finance law to get illegal donations to Grimm during his inaugural campaign.
In response to the deal, her attorney sent over a statement, saying: "We are optimistic that tomorrow there will be resolution in Diana Durand's case. We believe that the ends of justice will be achieved. The government has worked very diligently with us to achieve that goal."
Her attorney says she is not expected to testify as a witness in Grimm's tax evasion trial later this year.
While this case may serve as a distraction for Grimm, one supporter in the courtroom thinks the congressman will still be re-elected.
Supporter: "I don't think it's going to affect it that much.
Reporter: "You think he gets re-elected?"
Supporter: "I think he will."