Ethics office eyes probe of lawmaker

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WASHINGTON -- An independent panel has recommended the House Ethics Committee investigate charges that New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm threatened to harm a reporter.

But the House Ethics Committee has decided to hold off reviewing the incident, which occurred on camera.

In a statement, the House committee said it was deferring at the request of the Justice Department, but did not say why the agency sought the delay.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics said if Grimm threatened to harm the reporter, he may have violated House rules and the District of Columbia code.

The ethics office is an independent agency that makes recommendations to Congress' ethics committees.

The office said Wednesday that its board voted 6-0 on March 28 to recommend that the House Ethics Committee review the charges.

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