Could This Be The Real Reason The FBI Was Investigating Late Night Skinny Dipping In Israel?

There may be more to the story I wrote about earlier today, specifically the fact that one of the (non-nude) Congressman is apparently the target of an FBI investigation:

Law enforcement sources — noting that skinny-dipping usually doesn’t fall under the FBI’s purview — pointed TPM to a New York Times story from earlier this month about a trip to Cyprus that Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) made following his August venture to Israel alongside several colleagues.

Politico, which first reported the skinny-dipping anecdote, said the FBI “looked into whether any inappropriate behavior occurred, but the interviews do not appear to have resulted in any formal allegations of wrongdoing.”

But FBI agents were actually interested in Grimm’s failure to file paperwork related to his trip to Cyprus following his Israeli junket, which had been paid for by the Cyprus Federation of America. The president of that company was arrested on federal corruption charges in June. Grimm had reported the Israel trip in his initial filing in May but did not list the trip to Cyprus until he amended it in June, one day after Cyprus Federation of America’s president was arrested.

FBI agents may have asked questions about “who went into the water that night, and whether there was any impropriety,” as Politico reported, but sources indicated the dip in the water certainly wasn’t the FBI’s central focus.

Grimm, a former FBI agent, has been the subject of plenty of attention from federal authorities over the past year. On Friday, one of Grimm’s top fundraisers was arrested for allegedly lying about the source of a loan on immigration documents. That man, an Israeli named Ofer Biton, traveled around the New York area with Grimm in 2010 to raise money for his congressional campaign. At least four of Grimm’s 2010 campaign workers have been questioned by the FBI. Federal prosecutors have also interviewed several donors, according to the New York Times.

Stay tuned…..

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.

Comments

  1. sam says:

    Sounds more plausible than trying get the skinny on the wanker in the water…

  2. James H says:

    So we’re trying to prevent naked corruption?

  3. Just Me says:

    Makes me wonder why the skinny dipping story was the one released. Bad source perhaps.

    Either way, at least illegal fundraising or campaign improprieties makes more sense from an investigative POV.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Just Me:

    Makes me wonder why the skinny dipping story was the one released.

    Uhh, check out today’s media?

  5. The Q says:

    Hmmm, this maybe AIPAC related. Seems as if the FBI is studying ties between an ex FBI agent and maybe Israeli intel assistance and influence?

    We all know how lockstep the LIkud and wingnut factions are when it comes to killing arabs and supporting Israel. The opportunity for corruption is rampant.