We can’t wait for this stooge to blame Trump for his woes. You know it’s coming.
Separate grand juries have reportedly begun hearing evidence related to the state and federal corruption investigations into the de Blasio administration.
The revelation that prosecutors are presenting evidence does not necessarily mean the mayor will face criminal charges, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story Thursday night.
But the seating of the grand juries shows that more subpoenas could be forthcoming, and that prosecutors may be moving closer to indictments, perhaps against some close Blasio aides or even the mayor himself.
The state probe focuses on whether de Blasio and his allies violated election law by raising money and funneling it through upstate Democratic county committees to help elect state Senate candidates and wrest control of the body from the GOP in the 2014 elections — an effort that failed.
De Blasio’s activities are also under scrutiny by investigators examining his political campaigns and his now-defunct fund-raising nonprofit, Campaign for One New York.
De Blasio on Thursday was hit with $47,778 in fines by the city’s Campaign Finance Board, which regulates the program providing taxpayer matching funds to candidates.
Just in time for this tool’s reelection campaign. Oh, and just a friendly reminder: The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, has taken down both Democrat Sheldon Silver and Republican Dean Skelos, who were, respectively, the heads of their party in the state senate. President-elect Trump made it one of his first orders of business to ask Bharara to stay on the job.
Very bad news for de Blasio.
The investigations are focusing on de Blasio aides Emma Wolfe and Ross Offinger and political operative Josh Gold, the Times said. Offinger, one of the mayor’s top aides, was accused of “willful and flagrant violations” of state law after allegedly coordinating the fund-raising.
Offinger was the top fund-raiser for CONY.
Wolfe, De Blasio’s top political lieutenant, became enmeshed in the controversy surrounding the controversial sale of the Rivington House nursing home, which developers planned to convert into luxury condos.
The federal investigation was launched by crusading Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, who began with a corruption probe into two shady de Blasio allies and then expanded it into other business owners and a political race in Westchester.
We can’t wait until de Blasio goes down in flames, and he will.
De Blasio pal and donor Jeremy Reichberg allegedly bribed NYPD cops with cash and a plane trip to Las Vegas with a hooker in exchange for getting pistol permits from the NYPD’s License Division for his clients.
Another pal, Jona Rechnitz, allegedly bragged to his associates that “I’ve got the mayor on lockdown” and obtained a $220,000-a-year post in the NYPD for ex-Chief of Department Joseph Esposito.
Rechnitz, who donated $50,000 to the mayor’s nonprofit, is now a a cooperating witness in the NYPD scandal.
We doubt anyone is willing to risk prison time to protect de Blasio.