ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara vowed that he has the “fearlessness and independence” needed to investigate Albany corruption as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is accused of interfering with his own corruption commission.
“If other people aren’t going to do it, then we’re going to do it,” Bharara said on the PBS’ program “Charlie Rose."
“Our interest above all other interests is to make sure that the job is getting done, because we are the people who do our jobs,” Bharara said. The comments came after The New York Times reported several incidents of involvement in the corruption commission by Cuomo and his top aide.
“We asked for and received -- we were voluntarily offered -- all the documents that have been collected by the commission so the work could continue," Bharara said. "Because if other people aren’t going to do it, then we’re going to do it. That’s our main mission.”
“We have the documents and we have the resources and we have the wherewithal and we have. I think, the kind of fearlessness and independence that is required to do difficult public corruption cases,” he said.
In short, Bharara will not be deterred by Cuomo's argument that there was no Moreland tampering because the governor cannot tamper with his own commission.