New York City and federal Prosecutors have decided not to bring Criminal Corruption Charges against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance each made their announcements Thursday morning.
The Federal investigation centered on whether his former Non-Profit accepted Donations in exchange for Favors.
The Manhattan District Attorney looked at whether de Blasio's Political Operation violated State Fundraising Laws in how it Collected and Distributed Donations raised to unseat Republican State Senators in 2014.
Kim, who took over former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's Investigation this past weekend, said in a statement, "After careful deliberation, given the totality of the circumstances here and absent additional evidence, we do not intend to bring federal criminal charges against the Mayor or those acting on his behalf relating to the fundraising efforts in question."
Federal Prosecutors said they wanted to clear the air about the Investigation so as not to influence this year's Mayoral Election.
In announcing its decision, the Manhattan District Attorney's office criticized the Mayor and his Staff, but said their Conduct did not rise to a Criminal Offense because they had relied on the advice of Attorneys.
The Manhattan DA conducted its investigation for more than a year. “After an extensive investigation, notwithstanding the [Board of Elections'] view that the conduct here may have violated the election law, this office has determined that the parties involved cannot be appropriately prosecuted, given their reliance on the advice of counsel.”
STATEMENT FROM CITY HALL PRESS SECRETARY ERIC PHILLIPS
“We have been confident from the moment these reviews began that the actions of the Mayor and our Administration have always been within the law. The United States Attorney and Manhattan District Attorney have now put to rest any suggestion otherwise. We thank these prosecutors’ offices for conducting what were clearly diligent and exhaustive reviews – and for making public the conclusions of these probes. New Yorkers deserve honest, progressive government. With this Mayor, they will always get it.”
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