Criminal charges coming against Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm

BY Jake Pearson, Associated Press  April 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM EDT

New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm on his way for a vote at the Capitol January 15, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) on his way for a vote at the Capitol January 15, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

NEW YORK — Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm’s attorney says federal prosecutors in New York plan on filing criminal charges against the lawmaker.

Lawyer William McGinley says in a statement Friday he’s not surprised by the government’s decision. He says Grimm is innocent and calls the federal probe into the former FBI agent-turned-politician “a politically driven vendetta.”

The House Ethics Committee announced in November that Grimm was under investigation for possible campaign finance violations. That committee said it would defer its inquiry because of a separate Department of Justice investigation.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn says he can’t confirm, deny or comment on the case.