Sen. Smith and Councilman Halloran Arrested in Plot to Rig Mayor's Race

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race. Both Sen. Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning for the alleged plot. Also charged are: Bronx County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Savino; Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone; Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin; and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret. Buzzfeed's editor in chief Ben Smith discusses the charges and implications.

Smith, Malcolm Et Al. Complaint (Signed)