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Feds Won't Rule Out Cuomo-Moreland Probe

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In the wake of the dissolution of the Moreland Commission, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, explains why he is criticizing NY Governor Cuomo and talks about what more could be accomplished to stem abuse and prosecute public corruption. Plus: his recent remarks on big banks and possible future charges against financial institutions.

Letter From U S Attorney Preet Bharara Re Moreland Commission Investigations

Letter From U S Attorney Preet Bharara Re Moreland Commission Investigations

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Comments [15]

Tom in Brooklyn

A good fact to point out to the USDA would be that more than 3,000 people were indicted and more than 1,000 sent to jail by Bill Black's prosecutors in the 1980s Savings & Loan debacle -- most of those convictions significant players, including CEOs and a governor. Bill Black is still around and available for interviews, it seems. He teaches at UM Kansas City.

Apr. 10 2014 10:39 AM

I am encouraged to hear that "all hands are on deck" re BridgeGate and the associated nexus of corruption.

We shall see what happens. Again, if no one at a high level is held accountable for these crimes, it will be an indication that some people are just too big to jail.

Apr. 10 2014 10:37 AM
glen

who is investigating the moreland comission? kathleen rice is a very corupt da! nassau county cops have run a muck while she is in office! the shooting of a li cab driver by two drunk nassau cops, a drunk nassau cop pulling a gun on a farmingdale bar tender, the shooting of a hofstra student ? none of these over paid ,untrained clowns were taken to task by her office and are all still on the job???she has lied abount her own drug and alcohol abuse , including a 2009 dwi in the hamptons!the theft ,corruption ,and nepotism at the nassau county jail?

Apr. 10 2014 10:34 AM
meesh from queens

man, we are so screwed if this is our head cop. wall street outs spitzer cuz this is the kind of guy wall street wants

Apr. 10 2014 10:28 AM
DI

This was a pointless interview, despite Brian's good efforts. Bharara said nothing of value.

Apr. 10 2014 10:26 AM
PeppermintAndCinnamon.com

Preet Bharara is running for higher office. That explains his strip search of an Indian diplomat for an employment and wage issue and prosecuting that police officer who engaged in talk about cannibalism for thought and speech crimes. In response to the diplomat issue he stated that she got better treatment than most Americans would get--it seems as Americans who don't desire police-state tactics we have much to fear from power hungry prosecutor-politicians like him. He's trying to look tough while leaving justice by the way side--a form of corruption for someone with the power of his office.

Apr. 10 2014 10:25 AM
Barb from NYC

The "resolutions" with these corporations should not only make their victims whole but should be calculated as a PERCENTAGE of the company's annual profits.

Taking away 25% of a corporation's annual profits is going to get their attention and have a chance to change behavior ("get deference" as Mr. Bharara terms it) unlike an amount equal to, say, a week's profits which, to them, is just a cost of doing business.

Apr. 10 2014 10:25 AM
sophia

Madoff ripped off rich people in a classic Ponzi scheme. He was easy to prosecute, had powerful victims, and his scam had nothing to do with more typical Wall Street theft and corruption.

Madoff was the lowest-hanging fruit. It's nothing to brag about.

Apr. 10 2014 10:24 AM

LOL, you knew that Brian would find a way to shoehorn Christie/Bridgegate into this segment.

Well, attempt, Bhara smacked him back with some sarcasm.

Apr. 10 2014 10:22 AM
Dart from NYC

I love this guy! Love the way he dodges Brian's 'controversial' questions. Seriously Brian it's getting lame.

Apr. 10 2014 10:18 AM
sophia

Fines are just a cost of doing business.

Until CEO's go to jail or at least lose their personal bank accounts nothing will change.

Apr. 10 2014 10:16 AM
Barb from NYC

Cuomo's disbanding of the Moreland Commission is akin to the US Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act -- the problem was solved (there are no more voting rights problems; there are no more ethics problems to investigate in NYS) so let's get rid of the solution!

Apr. 10 2014 10:10 AM
Maria from UWS

Two weeks ago Gov. Cuomo told Brian he thought it should be the mayor's prerogative to decide on schools co-locations. A week later the budget agreement, signed by Cuomo, gave NYC charter schools all the public school space they want. He has also received enormous amounts of funding from the "corporate reform" movement that backs charters. Can Mr. Bharara's office examine the connections behind this as well as he pursues the Moreland Commissions work?

Apr. 10 2014 10:08 AM

It is seriously troubling that the NY federal prosecutor/U.S. Attorney Bharara has chosen not to form a joint task force to deal with the whole question of the PANYNJ role in this.

There is a 100 % absolute certainty that it was a criminal act. It was not done by someone looking to rob a bank or hijack a truck...it was done by people intentionally obstructing an interstate highway for hours and for four days with the aim of advancing a political agenda and a political ideology, though the use of disruption, fear, intimidation and chaos. I would say that's fair description of terrorism.

Is Preet Bharara really going to rely on their "internal investigation" to get to the truth? Does he really believe that no one at the NY end had any involvement at all?

How can he even know that without at least a serious preliminary investigation?

Again, someone committed some serious crimes here. It was not just one person that did this.

The guilty parties must be uncovered and prosecuted and held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

If this all blows over in a way that allows the guilty parties to just walk away...it will be an indication of a totally corrupted system of justice at all levels.

Can you imagine the resources that would have been put into this if it was al Qaeda that had tied up the GWB for four days on the week of 9-11? The fact that it was done by Americans working in positions of appointed, and possibly elected, public trust should have us even MORE alarmed!

Frankly, the GWB closures stink of organized criminality that contaminated BOTH sides of the PANYNJ...the RICO statutes should be used.

Apr. 10 2014 10:01 AM

It is seriously troubling that the NY federal prosecutor/U.S. Attorney Bharara has chosen not to form a joint task force to deal with the whole question of the PANYNJ role in this.

There is a 100 % absolute certainty that it was a criminal act. It was not done by someone looking to rob a bank or hijack a truck...it was done by people intentionally obstructing an interstate highway for hours and for four days with the aim of advancing a political agenda and a political ideology, though the use of disruption, fear, intimidation and chaos. I would say that's fair description of terrorism.

Is Preet Bharara really going to rely on their "internal investigation" to get to the truth? Does he really believe that no one at the NY end had any involvement at all?

How can he even know that without at least a serious preliminary investigation?

Again, someone committed some serious crimes here. It was not just one person that did this.

The guilty parties must be uncovered and prosecuted and held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

If this all blows over in a way that allows the guilty parties to just walk away...it will be an indication of a totally corrupted system of justice at all levels.

Can you imagine the resources that would have been put into this if it was al Qaeda that had tied up the GWB for four days on the week of 9-11? The fact that it was done by Americans working in positions of appointed, and possibly elected, public trust should have us even MORE alarmed!

Frankly, the GWB closures stink of organized criminality that contaminated BOTH sides of the PANYNJ...the RICO statutes should be used.

Apr. 10 2014 10:00 AM

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