New York Congressman Threatens to Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Congressman to reporter: 'I'll break you in half. Like a boy.'

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Update: Jan. 29, 11:24am

Rep. Michael Grimm (R—N.Y.) physically threatened a local news reporter during a heated exchange following an interview after Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, telling the reporter, “I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.”

The exchange between the Republican Congressman from Staten Island and New York 1 reporter Michael Scotto took place on the Capitol balcony following the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Scotto attempted to ask the lawmaker about an ongoing investigation into his campaign finances when Grimm stopped him: “I’m not talking about anything that’s off-topic, this is only about the president,” he said, before walking away from the camera.

As Scotto began to explain to TV viewers that the Congressman did not want to answer questions about the investigation, Grimm stormed back over to Scotto, kicking off an angry exchange as the camera kept rolling:

According to New York 1‘s transcript of the exchange, Grimm told Scotto, “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.” When Scotto defended his line of questioning, Grimm told him, “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Congressman Grimm later released a statement about the exchange saying, “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.”

NY1, the New York City-based 24-hour cable news channel, took a markedly harder line toward Grimm’s threat. “It is extremely disturbing when anyone threatens one of our reporters – let alone a U.S. Congressman,” the station’s political director Bob Hardt said in a statement. “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.”

The House Ethics Committee said in November that Grimm is being investigated for possible campaign violations. Grimm, a former FBI agent, has denied any wrongdoing.

Update: Scotto tweeted on Tuesday morning that Grimm had called him to apologize.

[NY1]

175 comments
sydney251
sydney251

I have to wonder here if Grimm isn't the dumbest of the dumb when it comes to talking/threatening a reporter who is still talking into a live camera feed when he, Grimm, comes back into the shot and starts threatening the reporter.  You can see at one point that he looks back into the camera and then kind of moves the reporter and himself out of the shot off to the left.  What?  Did he not realize that the microphone was also still live and recording his every utterance?  He should be charged, simple as that. 

TalkBlocked
TalkBlocked

Why isn't that thug under arrest?

1. It is a crime to threaten someone's life.

2. It is a crime to break what few campaign financing rules are left.

3. It is a crime to prostitute a political position.

It should be taken as evidence of guilt in crimes 2 & 3, that the thug committed crime 1 in an effort to brutally discourage scrutiny of crimes 2 & 3.

How shamelessly corrupt are the so called 'police'? 

Anyone (even a cop) can see irrefutable evidence of the fact that he uttered a death threat. 

There is no excuse for the fact that he has not been charged with uttering a death threat.

What does it take to arrest a dirt bag criminal, when that dirt bag criminal is a rich white republican?  

SekaiSekai
SekaiSekai

So that's where El Asso Wipo went after MAD TV

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

1) charges should be filed

2) this congressman is now officially in a race to the bottom with Gov Bigmouth; unfortunately there seem to be a unlimited amount of neanderthals that the right wing will put up in his place

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

So this is the type of people the Tea Party puts in office. Cue the shocked face.

GaryHooseSr.
GaryHooseSr.

50 million viewers witnessed a congressman threaten a man with great bodily harm less than murder on tv and he isn't charged.(10 yr felony) In most domestic disputes someone goes to jail rather the wife wants to charge or not.The officers see the evidence and the crime is against society as a whole so the person is arrested. It is not up to the victim, he is apparently threatened. Whoever did not charge and arrest this congressman for his actions is guilty of not doing their job and locking away dangerous acting threatening people. He needs to lose his job and be probed well for possible accepting bribes. If I had made this threat I would be in jail. This guy is trained in Marshall arts and self defense which he will be glad to say HE is a weapon. So, by his own admission, he was armed when he threatened that kids life for doing his job.

Garold Hoose Sr.

crandallgold
crandallgold

The verbal threat to due physical harm, coupled with the present ability to enact that threat, it is the very definition of assault.  This pig is a bully and a megalomaniac.  I say press full criminal charges for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

RoseMarieMcgrath
RoseMarieMcgrath

Wow, I didn't even know about this investigation until he spouted off!  Way to go Rep. Grimm.  I'll be following it to it's bitter end now and posting it on Facebook to my 600 friends!

Steve13565
Steve13565

What is hotlinking that you have asked us not to do?

Steve13565
Steve13565

Oh I see, from wikipedia that you are asking us to commit intellectual property theft instead of making a link to the content that is on your server.  Why would you prefer that we copy stuff to our own sever, thus committing intellectual property theft, rather than giving you access to the knowledge of who was reading your material?

AngryWomanInAtl
AngryWomanInAtl

Elected repubs in NY and NJ behave like mafia thugs.

BaileeBarnes
BaileeBarnes

Nothing can be worse than Obamacare, IRS bullying of Obama, Obama's lies, and 4 dead men that he lied about, what a shame blaming all that on a damn video.  He needs to be impeached, period.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@BaileeBarnes

We can start with lying about who really attacked us on 9/11(Saudi Arabia) and move on to selling WMDs to Saddam(Reagan) But thanks for playing come again. But hey whatever delusions gets you by as the GOP turns into a clown circus.

RyanHelms
RyanHelms

@BaileeBarnes The funny thing is that you don't even believe all of this. "Nothing is worse than Obamacare".  You know that there are 0 facts to support that statement.  You may not like it, but to say there is nothing worse worse is laughable.  And the video that you're talking about sparked intense protests all over the muslim world and was definitely a factor (amongst others) in the attack.  What facts do you have to back up your statements?  I can tell by your picture that you're obviously an unbiased open minded individual, so please, share some of the extensive research that you've done to come to these conclusions... and you can't copy/paste from DRUDGE.  Otherwise, just admit that you're trolling.

BaileeBarnes
BaileeBarnes

@RyanHelms You know damn well obamacare is worthless ....wake up u fool.....Obama even laughing at u. Ha Ha lol lol Hee Hee lol, you believe in the video.  You need some help dude.


BaileeBarnes
BaileeBarnes

@mantisdragon91 Hey, you're the fool, keep believing in Obama, he has not done a damn thing in 5 years and never will.

RyanHelms
RyanHelms

@BaileeBarnes @RyanHelms Thanks for all of those demonstrable facts and statistics.  One I didn't say whether or not I like Obamacare.  I think it has a lot of problems but what we had before was measurably worse.  Two, I don't 'believe' in a video... it exists.  Being able to see something that is happening like protestors with the name of the director on their signs, burning American flags in vitriolic protest, doesn't take active belief, just read a newspaper.  Was it all about the video? of course not, but it did play a part.  Also, if you think I need help, please point me in the right direction.  Tell me where I can go to get the best information, so that I may be set on the right path.  I am being serious here.  I make decisions based on facts and not whether I like the source.  I change my mind all the time, when new information becomes available.  Thank you in advance. 

Finally, thank you for letting me know what the President sounds like when he laughs... So it's 2 HAs, 2LOLs (does he actually say LOL?), 2 HEs and then a final LOL.  I hope I got that right.  I got nervous when you told me the president was laughing at me.  I didn't know that the NSA had cameras in my room.  Cheers friend:)

g.a.peterson1958
g.a.peterson1958

@mantisdragon91 @BaileeBarnes oh good,,,everythings all better now....Thank You Emperor Obama the kind and benevolent dictator....

It's getting just a bit deep in here, I need to go find my barn boots...

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@BaileeBarnesHe cleaned up the disaster left behind by 8 years of GOP idiocy. The same idiocy that the GOP is still trying to sell us yet again.

RaiderDuck
RaiderDuck

This congressman is aware that "The Sopranos" is just a TV show, right?

SamuelClemens
SamuelClemens

Not the first to tell of a reporter, although threatening to murder them does seem a step further, but keep it up and it may be the last thing you do as a free man.

carolo43
carolo43

Busy time for Republicans. We have Chris Christie and his mess, then Huckabee's dumb comments this week, Rand Paul's equally dumb comments,  Bob McDonnell's scandal, Tim Huelskamp on Rachael Maddow sounding like he was insane and now Mike Grimm.


Grimm had no time to answer this reporters question but had time to back him up to the railing, tell him he'll break him in half and throw him over the balcony and run his mouth for 15 seconds.  He could have answered the question faster!   HE demands professionalism yet he has none himself!



carolo43
carolo43

@RyanHelms @carolo43  .......You should have seen Tim Huelskamp on Morning Joe after the Sandy Hook shooting.   He was just as nuts then and Joe went off on him big time for being so stupid.

RyanHelms
RyanHelms

@carolo43 I thought Maddow was going to explode when he called her a 'cheerleader'.  That was one of the most uncomfortable and oddly revealing interviews that I've seen in a long time!

RyanHelms
RyanHelms

@carolo43 @RyanHelms I just found that clip.  It made me feel gross.  It also made me agree with Joe Scarborough, which is kind of weird feeling:)

LutherBrix
LutherBrix

Can you imagine if a Democrat did this to a FOX reporter? 

It would be PROOF that FOX was getting too close to THE TRUTH™ about Benghazi

SamuelClemens
SamuelClemens

@LutherBrix If you threw a FOX reporter off the balcony, you might have to be decontaminated afterward. They come with their own form of protection.