ANSWERS: 2
  • Yes and maybe. Yes, he chose to resign. Given the nature of the crime, he probably would have lost the next Congressional election, so he stepped down...probably to "remain in good graces" with the Democratic Party. Note that he ran for New York City mayor AFTER he resigned from Congress, so it seems likely that he resigned in the attempt to salvage his political career.
  • he resigned before getting kicked out

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