Was there some prior casus belli in the now open political and legal offensive launched against Andrew Cuomo? Does there really need to be one ?
When Preet Bharara speaks can you actually see Senator Chuck Schumer's lips move ?
Where does Regina Calcaterra fit into all of this ? Is hers a bigger role than heretofore disclosed ?
Right now, I only have these few questions. Continue looking at this space for some interesting answers or even more interesting and intriguing questions...
"Galewyn Massey said... [from my comment of July 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM to a prior post]
UPDATE: THE "REACHING THE BOILING POINT" EDITION
LATE BREAKING NEWS
U.S. Attorney fires a shot across Cuomo's bow, in the form of a sternly worded letter to panel of prosecutors on Moreland Commission to preserve evidence, not to interfere with witnesses and do nothing to alter perceptions and recollections
According to a report in the New York Times, "In an escalation of the confrontation between the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the governor’s cancellation of his own anticorruption commission, Mr. Bharara has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering. *** The warning, in a sharply worded letter from Mr. Bharara’s office, came after several members of the panel issued public statements defending the governor’s handling of the panel, known as the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo created last year with promises of cleaning up corruption in state politics but shut down abruptly in March...." (See "U.S. Attorney Warns Cuomo on Ethics Case" by Susanne Craig, Thomas Kaplan & William K. Rashbaumjuly, 7/31/14, NY Times [http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/nyregion/us-attorney-warns-cuomo-on-ethics-case-.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0])."
[LANGUAGE OF WARNING LETTER IS STARK AND SPECIFIC]
Also, a key portion of the Times report cited in my comment of "... July 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM..." above states: "The letter from prosecutors, which was read to The New York Times, says, 'We have reason to believe a number of commissioners recently have been contacted about the commission’s work, and some commissioners have been asked to issue public statements characterizing events and facts regarding the commission’s operation. *** To the extent anyone attempts to influence or tamper with a witness’s recollection of events relevant to our investigation, including the recollection of a commissioner or one of the commission’s employees, we request that you advise our office immediately, as we must consider whether such actions constitute obstruction of justice or tampering with witnesses that violate federal law.' "
"Galewyn Massey said... [from my comment of July 31, 2014 at 8:35 AM to a prior post]
BACKFILL: THE "LET'S DO LUNCH AND ISSUE SOME WARNINGS" EDITION
BHARARA AND SCHNEIDERMAN DO LUNCH THEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE ON GOVERNOR CUOMO AND HIS GUYS
Liz Benjamin's post in the State of New York Politics on Wednesday said, "At the height of Moreland madness, two of the most high profile players in this seemingly never-ending saga – US Attorney Preet Bharara and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman – met for a very public lunch in lower Manhattan yesterday, multiple sources confirm. *** The Democratic duo was spotted lunching at City Hall Restaurant – an eatery favored by members of the New York City political set due to its proximity to (you guessed it) City Hall. Schneiderman and Bharara have known each other in a professional capacity for the past several years, but aren’t personal friends, according to a source familiar with their relationship...." (See "Bharara and Schneiderman Do Lunch" by Liz Benjamin, 7/30/14, State of Politics - NY [http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2014/07/bharara-and-schneiderman-do-lunch/] [following this posting was this notation: "This entry was posted by Liz Benjamin on July 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm"]). Assuming the lunch was "yesterday" from 7/30/14, it happened on 7/29/14.
According to a report in today's New York Post, "The development [Bharara's warning letter]came after Bharara dined with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a key potential witness in the investigation. *** Neither camp is saying whether Cuomo or his panel was on the menu...." (See "Bharara weighs tampering & obstruction probe of Cuomo administration" by Joe Tacopino & Carl Campanile, 7/31/14, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2014/07/31/bharara-weighs-tampering-obstruction-probe-of-cuomo-administration/])."