US Atty: No crime Moreland Commission shutdown

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 07:44:07-05

A federal prosecutor says his investigation has found insufficient evidence of any federal crime in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's premature closing of New York's anti-corruption Moreland Commission.

Cuomo appointed the commission consisting mostly of prosecutors in 2013 to investigate public corruption by state officials for two years, but closed it in 2014 following agreement with state legislators to enact some ethics measures.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara took over the commission's files and recently convicted two top Albany legislators using some of that material.

He says Monday that after "a thorough investigation" into possible interference with its operation, his office has concluded there's currently "insufficient evidence to prove a federal crime."

Attorney Elkan Abramowitz, representing the governor's office, says they were confident there was no illegality and thanked Bharara "for clarifying the public record."




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