MSNBC's Ari Melber Nabs First Interview with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, joins MSNBC's Ari Melber for his first television interview since the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges. The two-part exclusive, wide-ranging legal interview will air today and tomorrow on MSNBC's "The Cycle" at 3:00 p.m. ET.
In today's segment, which was previewed earlier on "Morning Joe," Bharara talked about the Silver investigation, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's comments about the Moreland Commission to investigate corruption, and his relationship with his former boss Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), among other things.
Specifically, Bharara, the federal prosecutor who indicted Silver, discussed his ongoing investigation into Albany corruption and rebutted Cuomo's July 2014 statement that said he could not discuss any federal review into the disbanding the Moreland Commission. Contrary to Cuomo's statement, Bharara tells Melber in the new interview that it is not true that the Governor is restricted from discussing the issue. Read an exclusive story on this exchange by Melber for msnbc.com here.
"I'm gonna read from the Governor's [statement], 'As I believe the U.S. attorney has made it clear that ongoing public dialogue is not helpful to his investigation, we will have no additional comment on the matter,'" said Melber, citing Cuomo.
"Well, first of all, I don't think that's true, because I've heard comments that have been attributed to the Governor," Bharara told Melber. "So, you know, how he wants to interpret what he can and cannot say is up to him."
In the discussion of Cuomo's remarks, Bharara also added, "I don't think I, or anyone else, has ever said that any particular person shouldn't be talking about how he or she made decisions publicly, no."
Click here to read Melber's full report on msnbc.com.
In Part 2 of the interview airing Wednesday on "The Cycle," Bharara talks about Wall Street prosecutions, his office's current insider trading appeal, al Qaeda, ISIS and he addresses questions about his future.