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Monday, March 5, 2012

FBI set to probe New York Republican congressman's 'illegal' fundraising after Anthony Weiner reported him'

Spiritual leader: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto is an adviser to Israel¿s powerful elite as well as sports stars such as LeBron James.

The FBI is considering whether to open an investigation into allegations that followers of a New York City rabbi made illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, according to a law enforcement official.

Followers of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, an influential figure in Israel with a headquarters in Manhattan, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Grimm when he first ran for office in 2010, according to campaign records.

Some donors have since said that they broke rules to donate more cash to the Republican's campaign than allowed by law.

Pinto hasn't commented publicly, but former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, a Democrat who had been close to the rabbi, said in interviews with several media outlets on Friday and today that Pinto approached him in the fall of 2010 to complain that Grimm had extorted him for the money.

Grimm had allegedly disclosed to Pinto that he was a former FBI agent and that he was a good person to have as a friend not an enemy. Read More