Friday, August 01, 2014

Cuomo's Court

Memo to governors: Creating a commission and then not letting it do its job isn't a very smart move:
Cuomo is considered a potential Democratic contender for the 2016 presidential race. But his administration is facing questions about whether it meddled with an anti-corruption commission when a top aide, Larry Schwartz, urged commissioners not to investigate entities with links to Cuomo.

Cuomo abruptly shut down the commission this spring.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara initially launched an investigation in April over the shutdown, criticizing the panel's demise as premature.

But on Thursday, The New York Times reported that Bharara has threatened to investigate Cuomo for obstruction of justice or witness tampering for allegedly asking members of the commissioners to speak out about their work on the panel.

The newspaper reported that Bharara wrote to the commission's attorney on Wednesday saying his office will investigate any attempts to "influence or tamper" with the recollection of commission members, "as we must consider whether such actions constitute obstruction of justice or tampering with witnesses that violate federal law."
Thuggery is unbecoming, Mr. Cuomo...

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