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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pennlaw/12995711874/">>Penn Law</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: >Penn Law, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Federal prosecutors taking NY commission files

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say they're taking the remaining files from the state anti-corruption commission now shutting down and plan to complete its investigations.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara requested the Moreland commission's "important and unfinished work" investigating New York political corruption. He tells the commissioners in a letter that the closing was "premature."

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In a radio interview Thursday, Bharara declined to say if his investigation could extend to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who established the commission and decided to close it.

He says they will go wherever the facts lead.

Cuomo has said he established the commission after the Legislature failed last year to pass reform legislation and decided to shut it down after new anti-corruption laws were passed two weeks ago.

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