NYC mayor claims he knows nothing about it.
Hillary Clinton no longer has to feel singled out for being investigated by the FBI. She is now joined by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Mayor Bill de Blasio Defends Fundraising as Probe Widens
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his fundraising activities on Sunday after reports surfaced about a federal investigation into the matter, and said neither he nor his aides have been contacted by investigators.
“Everything we’ve done is appropriate and carefully done with many, many lawyers, I assure you,” Mr. de Blasio said during an interview on NBC.
A federal corruption investigation examining police officials, a correction-union leader and businessmen with fundraising ties to Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, has expanded into a probe of the mayor’s campaign fundraising, people familiar with the matter said.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is scrutinizing the activities of two businessmen who are a focus of a federal probe into the New York Police Department and who served on the mayor’s inaugural committee, the people said. One of the businessmen held a fundraiser at his home for the Campaign for One New York, a nonprofit supporting the mayor’s agenda and run by his allies, and another bundled more than $40,000 in contributions to Mr. de Blasio’s 2013 campaign, records show.
Federal investigators are interested in whether major donors to the Campaign for One New York—including real-estate developers and unions—received special treatment from Mr. de Blasio’s administration, the people said. The investigators are looking at whether donations were made in exchange for some kind of official act, the people said.
Here’s a video reports from CBS News in New York:
Is anyone surprised de Blasio is saying he knows nothing about this? The New York Post:
De Blasio plays dumb on fed probe into fundraising
An incredulous Mayor de Blasio said Sunday he has “no information about an investigation happening” — just two days after The Post and other reported the feds are probing his fundraising efforts.
“I haven’t heard anything about any investigation,” he told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. “There haven’t been any questions posed to me or my team.”
De Blasio’s Sunday public schedule listed him as appearing on the show to “discuss the upcoming New York primary” between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but Todd still peppered him with questions about the widening probe into police accepting gifts in exchange for favors to two shady businessmen, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, both of whom raised money for Hizzoner.
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