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New York corruption probe takes another turn

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Four county prosecutors appear to have invited additional federal scrutiny into the workings of New York's special corruption commission and whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo exercised undue influence over its affairs and even its aftermath.

The New York Times reports that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who took over commission investigations after Cuomo dismantled it, says his office has "reason to believe" some commissioners were asked on Cuomo's behalf to make public statements about the commission's operation.

On Monday, district attorneys William Fitzpatrick, Thomas Zugibe, Frank Sedita and Gerald Mollen defended the commission's work and independence.

According to the newspaper, Bharara's letter Wednesday to the commission's lawyer says attempting "to influence or tamper with a witness's recollection of events relevant to our investigation" would be examined as potential witness tampering or obstruction.
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