Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, who has been dogged by allegations of campaign violations since his first race for Congress in 2009 and 2010, is facing criminal charges from federal prosecutors, his lawyer said Friday.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn said Friday that he couldn't confirm, deny, or comment on the case. The FBI's New York office also declined to comment.

Attorney William McGinley said Friday that he was not surprised by the government's decision. He says Grimm is innocent and calls the probe of the former FBI agent-turned-politician "a politically driven vendetta." Grimm made headlines in January for confronting a New York City cable news reporter who questioned him about the probe. - AP