Republican Rep. Michael Grimm physically threatens reporter following State of the Union address

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm of New York physically threatened to throw a reporter off the balcony in the Capitol Rotunda after abruptly ending an interview following tonight’s State of the Union address. 

NY1 Reporter Michael Scotto tried to ask Grimm for a comment about an ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising.

“I’m not speaking to you off-topic. This is only about the President,” Grimm snapped and walked away from the televised interview.

Scotto explained to the viewers as he wrapped up the live segment, “All right. So, Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances. We wanted to get him on camera on that but he, as you saw, refused to talk about that. Back to you.”

After Scotto concluded his remarks, he was confronted by visibly agitated Grimm, who said “Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f-cking balcony.”

When Scotto pointed out that it was a valid question, Grimm threatened, “I’ll break you in half – like a boy.”

NY1’s political director Bob Hardt expressed alarm at Grimm’s conduct.

“It is extremely disturbing when anyone threatens one of our reporters – let alone a U.S. Congressman. The NY1 family is certainly alarmed and disappointed by the behavior of Representative Grimm and demands a full apology from him. This behavior is unacceptable,” according to Hardt’s statement.

Grimm refused to apologize for the incident.

“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last,” according to Grimm’s statement.

Diana Durand, 47, a “personal friend” of Grimm, was charged with election fraud for allegedly using straw donors to funnel contributions exceeding the $4,800 cap to Grimm’s campaign.

The New York congressman has not been charged so far, and the House Ethics Committee, at the request of the Justice Department, has deferred its investigation on the matter.

Partial transcript of the exchange between NY1 reporter Michael Scotto and Republican Congressman Michael Grimm:

NY1 Reporter Michael Scotto:

Just finally before we let you go since we have you here, we haven’t had a chance to kind of talk about some of the –

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York):

I’m not speaking to you off-topic. This is only about the President.

NY1 Reporter Michael Scotto: 

Well, what about – ?

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York):

Thank you. [Walks away]

NY1 Reporter Michael Scotto: 

All right. So, Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances. We wanted to get him on camera on that but he, as you saw, refused to talk about that.

Back to you.

Why…?

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York):

Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f-cking balcony.

NY1 Reporter Michael Scotto: 

Why, why? I just wanted to ask you…

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York):

If you ever do that to me again…

NY1 Reporter Michael Scotto: 

Why? Why? It’s a valid question…

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York):

…[Inaudible] No, no. You’re not man enough. You’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half – like a boy.

 

Learn More:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.