NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rep. Michael Grimm has vowed to stay in office after he pleaded not guilty Monday to a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of mail, wire and tax fraud.
The Staten Island Republican was arraigned in Brooklyn and released on $400,000 bond.
“I will get right back to work as I always have — with honor and distinction, I will serve,” Grimm told reporters in Brooklyn on Monday. “And then, on top of all that, I have an election to win.”
Grimm, a Republican and former Marine, said he will beat the charges, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
“Time and time again I have shown I don’t abandon my post. I didn’t abandon my post when I was fired on in combat. I didn’t abandon my post when I thought my identity was compromised when I was deep undercover as an FBI agent. I’m not abandoning my post now,” Grimm said.