Why Newt Gingrich doesn’t think indicted congressman should step down

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich doesn’t think embattled New York Rep. Michael Grimm, who hit with a 20-count indictment on federal charges Monday, should step down from Congress.

Gingrich, a co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, simply tweeted the word “No” on Monday when the show asked viewers whether Grimm should resign.

Asked by The Daily Caller to elaborate, Gingrich said in an email: “Innocent until proven guilty is a pretty deep American tradition.”

Grimm, a former FBI agent, was indicted Monday in a New York Federal District Court. He stands accused of tax fraud for allegedly under-reporting wages and profits while running a New York restaurant before his election to Congress.

The Republican said he will not resign and that he still has plans to run for re-election.

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