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NY congressman threatens reporter at Capitol


New York Rep. Michael Grimm is defending his actions after he physically threatened a reporter at the Capitol after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.


The confrontation began Tuesday when Michael Scotto
, a reporter for New York cable news station NY1, asked Grimm about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.


After cutting the interview short, Grimm told Scotto
, "You ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this (expletive) balcony." He also threatened to "break (Scotto
) in half."


NY1 posted video of the incident on its website.


Grimm later issued a statement saying he was "extremely annoyed" with Scotto
and doubted he was the "first member of Congress to tell off a reporter."


NY1 political director Bob Hardt demanded a "full apology" from Grimm.

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