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Reports: Michael Grimm Will Plead Guilty To Tax Evasion

Grimm easily won his reelection bid last month.

Posted on December 22, 2014, at 3:11 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Grimm will plead guilty to tax evasion in court on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The news leaves Grimm's future in Congress in doubt, though he is expected to say he can continue to serve, according to the reports.

During his campaign, which the Staten Island Republican handily won, Grimm was asked what he'd do if convicted.

"If I was unable to serve, of course I would step down," he said.

Grimm was charged in a 20-count indictment in April for avoiding taxes on more than $1 million in wages and sales connected to a restaurant he co-owned.

The case was brought by U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, who is President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general.

Grimm, a former FBI agent, had previously pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The trial was slated to start in February.

He is scheduled to appear in court in Brooklyn on Tuesday at 1 p.m. before Judge Pamela K. Chen, the court confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

An aide to House Speaker John Boehner said there was no immediate response to the reports.

BuzzFeed News attempted to confirm the reports with Grimm's office, but has not yet received a response.