TESTING THE 2018 CHALLENGERS:
The Posturing Liars
July 26, 2018
BACKGROUND TO DEBATE --
CJA's August 28, 2018 e-mail to Democratic Attorney General Candidates
VIDEO -- August 21, 2018: Liz Benjamin
interviewing NYS Senator Liz Krueger, about endorsement of Zephyr
Teachout -- & Zephyr Teachout beside her
CJA's August 26, 2018 e-mail to
Moderators Louis &
& here's the furnished links to the substantiating EVIDENCE
FURNISHED LINK #3:
the referred-to webpage:
sent, on Aug. 28th to additional press: here
SPECTRUM NEWS' REPORTING:
ON INDEPENDENCE --
James: "The office of attorney general is independent from the office of the governor, and I don't believe that anyone can question my independence. Most recently individuals have challenged my independence, but the reality is is that up until this point in time no one has ever challenged my independence. I have been fiercely independent over 20 years, I have a 20 year body of evidence, a 20 year body of work... And standing up to corruption and speaking truth to power and will continue to do that as the next attorney general..."
Maloney: "You've got to tell the governor to bud out. Because you only work for one client, the People of the State of New York"
Eve: "Independence. Absolutely, I will prosecute, investigate, do whatever I need to do to root out corruption wherever I may find it, anywhere in this state. This is an independent office, reflected in the state's constitution."
Teachout: "I really see independence as essential to the job descripton. And that's especially true now because we have had too many years of corruption scandals in Albany. And it's very clear that Albany isn't going to clean itself up. It is very clear that the Governor is not taking the corruption scandals seriously. And when we look at independence, you know, even in the last 2-1/2 months of this campaign. I have been the only one to really turn to the Governor and be able stand up to him on really specific issues saying, I think the head of JCOPE, his former lawyer, Seth Agata, should resign, saying that I think that he has the obligation to restart the Moreland Commission right now. It is one of the reasons that The New York Times endorsed me, is because they see that I will have the ability to be truly independent. And it is a crisis moment right now in our state if we don't have an independent attorney general."
ON PUBLIC CORRUPTION --
Teachout: We unfortunately have never had a New York state attorney general who has made investigating and prosecuting public corruption in Albany and with high-powered figures a top priority. So I would certainly beef up both the criminal and the public integrity unit at the AG's office. In 2014, when Andrew Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission, he never actually formally rescinded the order. I actually wrote a public letter to Eric Schneiderman at the same time, at the time, saying you have the obligation to continue to investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute corruption cases. Nothing happened. Instead, Preet Bharara came along and took the files from the Moreland Commission and brought really important cases. But we cannot rely on the Southern District of New York. So, one, I would use the existing authority in Executive Order 106. Two, there is other authority that comes with referrals from the comptroller's office. And three, because I see the red light is flashing, I want to say that this is an area where I not only have the independence, but the experise. I know how to use corruption laws, I am an anti-corruption expert. I know tools that have not been used and have been used that we can dig up from the past and it is past time that we clean up Albany because it is holding us back as a state in so many ways.
Eve: I can't speak for the motivations for why prior attorneys general didn't prosecute and investigate corruption to the extent they should have. But, I guarantee you, I commit to every single New Yorker as the next attorney general I will aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption. I will advocate for more robust statutes so that we don't have to rely as much on referrals, but I would use the existing authority under the still in-effect executive order and the memorandum of agreement tht was entered into between the state comptroller and the attorney general in 2011is powerful, it'spowerful. It basically says the attorney general, in partnership with the state comptroller, has the ability to investigate and prosecute any alleged misuse of taxpayer funds, whether by a state legislature, whether by a business, whether by a non-profit. So the law needs to be more robust, but the existing authority is robust, and I will use it to the fullest to make sure that we root out corruption particularly with respect to the use of taxpayer funds.
James: The existing order of 106, the Moreland Commission, has for all intents and purposes has ended. It's merely technical. The governor has rescinded 106. The focus really should be on the next Moreland Commission and hving original jursidiction by the attorney general of the state of New York. In addition to that, working with all 62 district attorneys of the state of New York, working with the comptroller of the state of New York, on operation integrity, and working with a number of agencies to root out corruption. And it is important for one can leverage the existing civil and criminal ability of the attorney general. And it's important that individuals to understand the role of the attorney general. That the office of the attorney general is the state's attorney and that the criminal jurisdiction of the attorney general is somewhat circumscribed and so that it is really critically important that we get referrals from different agencies and that we get original jurisdiction, independent jurisdiction from the governor of the state of New York. ... We would be aggressively enforcing the law, because we will not tolerate corruption... but it's important that we work with agencies, it's important that we work with the Southern District of New York, it is important that we work with the comptroller and all 62 counties in the, 62 district attorneys in the state of New York. But last but not least we need to use to use existing jurisdiction that the office of attorney general currently has, both civilly and criminally, to root out corruption both on the statewide, on a statewide level, and in Washington.
Maloney: ...I will appoint a senior deputy attorney general whose only job is public corruption...And we need to also have that same person working full time on referrals from the governor, from the comptroller, and that partnership is very important, authority heads and everyone else and especialy the D.A.s who have primary criminal jurisdiction for this. And, by the way, I don't have any ego in this. I am happy to work with the Southern District of New York. What the hell is wrong with that? Preet Bharara did a great job putting just about everybody he could find in jail in Albany. I think that is a good start and we have to keep working with the Southern District of New York to get the job done. Let's use every tool we have. But in the meantime let's make sure that the next attorney general demands primary jurisdiction, criminal jurisdiction for public corruption in New York...
We must make sure that everyone is treated equally under law
Teachout: You are going to see a corruption fighter, the likes of which you have never seen
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