Bharara: NYS Corruption Investigations Continue
United States Attorney Preet Bharara says there is “insufficient evidence to prove a federal crime” was committed in connection with Governor Cuomo’s premature closure of the Moreland Commission.
Bharara on Monday released a two-sentence statement on his office’s review of the circumstances surrounding the sudden shutdown of the anti-corruption panel by the governor.
Bharara said he reached the conclusion following a “thorough investigation of interference” with the operation of the commission.
The statement said “absent any additional proof that may develop,” a federal crime can’t be proven.
But Bharara made it clear he’s not finished with his efforts to prosecute suspected corruption in state government.
The statement indicated his office continues to have “active investigations related to substantive inquiries” that were being conducted by the commission at the time of its closure.
Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney retained by the Cuomo administration, responded to Bharara’s declaration with his own statement: “We were always confident there was no illegality here.”
Abramowitz expressed appreciation to Bharara for “clarifying this for the public record.”