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U.S. Attorney Criticizes Cuomo, Will Continue Investigations

U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara has criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for shutting down an investigative commission into public corruption.
U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara has criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for shutting down an investigative commission into public corruption. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The U.S.  attorney for the Southern District of New York has openly criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for shutting down a probe into public corruption, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Cuomo originally put the investigative team together in July after the state Legislature failed to pass reform bills after a series of high profile arrests. Cuomo then reversed field and announced he would disband the commission after some of the reform he sought, including a harsher bribery statute, were included in the latest budget, The Wall Street Journal Reported.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has often made pursuing cases against legislators a priority, said he plans to have his office continue the investigations, The Wall Street Journal said.

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