State investigators say New York AG Eric Schneiderman is acting independent of state prosecutors

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who is investigating state agencies for possible misuse of federal grant money, has been “charging solely with his own agenda and independent of the office of the…

State investigators say New York AG Eric Schneiderman is acting independent of state prosecutors

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who is investigating state agencies for possible misuse of federal grant money, has been “charging solely with his own agenda and independent of the office of the state attorney general,” a top source in the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, has told The New York Times.

According to the Times, this source explained that since Mr. Schneiderman made public allegations last week that the governor of New York had failed to properly conduct his business by using a visa program to help business interests from South Korea, Mr. Schneiderman had acted contrary to the interests of the Attorney General’s Office.

That complaint followed a $650,000 settlement in which New York State became the largest recipient of money from an executive order Mr. Schneiderman had issued.

State investigators are trying to determine how many times Mr. Schneiderman, through his office, is now acting as a prosecutor in the grand juries he has called, as well as claims from his office that he is conducting a more elaborate investigation of the governor, who is already facing investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state Moreland Commission.

“He’s been doing his thing,” said the governor’s representative. “He’s seen as being very independent, and independent of the attorney general.”

Despite Mr. Schneiderman’s passionate defense of the Obama-era Visa Through Legal Aid program, it has not been without criticism. Rudy Giuliani, a former mayor of New York, has defended his use of the $650,000 settlement by the state, claiming that it was the safest use of the state’s money.

Mr. Schneiderman has suggested that the program was used by companies to help companies whom they wanted to do business with. Mr. Schneiderman has argued that business executives would trust his office to do a better job in re-investing in immigrants and minorities who might otherwise be exploited, because of his stellar record in the area.

According to the Times, Mr. Schneiderman’s office, when the attorney general was withholding thousands of state cases from being presented to a federal grand jury, due to the president’s anti-Muslim travel ban, made an effort to manage its cases and prosecute the people involved.

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