Federal investigators are looking into state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' sources of income, according to people familiar with the investigation.U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is taking a hard look at Skelos’ ties to the real estate industry, among other areas of inquiry, the sources told NBC 4 New York.Skelos, the highest ranking Republican in state government, has not been charged with any wrongdoing.The revelation that Skelos is under investigation comes a week after Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and charged for allegedly taking $4 million in bribes. Silver denies the charges.A spokesman for Skelos did not return numerous calls for comment Thursday.
Skelos' deputy in the State Senate, Tom Libous, is already under indictment for lying to the FBI.
If Dean Skelos is arrested for corruption as Shelly Silver was, that will mean the top two Republicans in the State Senate would be under under indictment.
Think about that for a minute.
Top Dem in Assembly arrested, second in command in Senate GOP indicted, head of Senate GOP is under investigation for corruption.
What does this mean for Governor Cuomo, who shut down the Moreland Investigation on Public Corruption at the behest of Silver and Skelos in order to get an on-time budget last year?
If Moreland found incriminating information about Silver and Skelos, there's a pretty good chance Cuomo knew about that information because the Moreland executive director was feeding him everything that was happening.
If Cuomo shut down Moreland knowing that it had found incriminating info on Silver and Skelos, that opens Cuomo up to cover-up and conspiracy charges.
Ordinarily you'd think if the heads of both the Assembly and the State Senate are arrested and forced from power, that enlarges Cuomo's power as governor.
But not if the reason they're arrested and forced from power comes from information found by the Moreland Commission that Cuomo shut down.