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U.S. Attorney to explore New York political corruption, take over for state-run investigations

U.S. Attorney to explore New York political corruption, take over for state-run investigations

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is taking over where New York state left off.

Reports are Bharara has subpoenaed records of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, and will review them to determine if any more investigation is needed into allegations of public corruption.

The commission was disbanded by Governor Andrew Cuomo, after he said state lawmakers had agreed to tougher laws regarding bribery and corruption in state politics as part of a state budget agreement.

Bharara was quick to criticize the decision, and left the door open that his office may pick where the state panel stopped.

A report from the panel indicated that more than 20 investigations were still open, and another nearly 70 cases were pending.

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