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Gov. Cuomo Probe Could Lead to Charges

By Melissa Clyne   |   Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 12:55 PM

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be in a legal mess depending on the outcome of an investigation into a panel he organized to root out public corruption, New York lawyer and talk show host Adam Thompson told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

In July 2013, Cuomo announced the Moreland Commission — an independent body formed to investigate public corruption — made up of several district attorneys to whom he gave subpoena power and deputized as deputy attorneys general, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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While Cuomo was initially applauded for his efforts, the tide quickly turned.

"Any time some of those probes got a little too close to some of Gov. Cuomo's fundraisers or contributors or people he was connected to, calls seemed to have been made saying, hey, back off a bit, oh subpoenas in that case, maybe don't issue them or don't honor them," Thompson explained.

"That's when things started to go awry and it appears, again, these are just allegations, nothing's been substantiated, but the allegations are that maybe Gov. Cuomo and or his administration and staff overstepped boundaries by eliminating searches and inquiries into certain groups or organizations all connected or tied to him and his administration somehow."

In spite of the probe, Thompson said Cuomo remain atop the polls, by some 30 points, against Rob Astorino, his Republican challenger.

"Cuomo seems like an overwhelming favorite to win in a landslide, but things can change fast," he cautioned.

"Remember, there haven't really been any debates yet or any real direct questioning to Cuomo calling him on this scandal. So a lot could happen once they hit the stage and you have an opponent attacking you very aggressively and asking you specific questions about this, not to mention a panel of journalists who are going to ask him about it specifically."

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