Mayor de Blasio has lawyered up — at the same time that a new report says the feds are looking into whether he used “straw donors” during his 2013 run.
And, in more trouble for the mayor, he’ll have to hire someone else to help spin the bad news.
His press secretary Karen Hinton is leaving the administration after less than a year on the job, City Hall announced late Thursday.
Her sudden resignation — after rampant rumors of inner turmoil in his press shop — was announced hours after Hizzoner issued a news release saying he’d hired lawyer Barry Berke to represent him in the ongoing federal and state probe into his fund-raising.
Berke, of the high-powered firm Kramer Levin, had been representing de Blasio’s 2013 campaign and will now handle that along with the mayor personally.
No city dollars will be used to defend de Blasio.
Amazing how many prominent Democrats are under FBI investigation these days. Naturally, taxpayers will still be on the hook for this thug:
In addition, the city’s Law Department is hiring two outside law firms to deal with the multipronged probe, which includes Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. as well as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office.
The firms Debevoise & Plimpton and Carter Ledyard & Milburn will be paid for by taxpayers, but the cost has not been determined, officials said.
De Blasio’s fund-raising has come under intense scrutiny from law enforcement as part of several overlapping probes, including one into his role in raising money for the 2014 state Senate races.