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Paterson Weighs Giving Spitzer E-mails to DA

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is weighing whether to turn over to Albany County District Attorney David Soares the e-mails of his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer. Soares requested the correspondence, after reports indicated that Spitzer was deeply involved in the scheme to use troopers to discredit Senate Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has more.

The DA has asked that the new Gov. David Paterson agree to make public all e-mails related to the incident.

Spitzer had claimed that the documents did not have to be released claiming executive privilege. Paterson, in a letter to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, says he wants help determining weather Spitzer's executive privilege terms still apply now that the former governor is gone, or if he can get a waiver. Soares says without a waiver he cannot release a final report to the public.

In a statement, the attorney general's office says it is looking into the matter and requested that the Public Integrity Commission, the State Senate and the Albany District Attorney's Office meet with them to discuss the matter today. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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