Republican-Independence-Conservative Nominee for Congress seeks e-mails… or any comment…from Moreland Commission Co-Chair
Bruce Blakeman, the Republican-Independence-Conservative nominee for Congress in New York’s 4th District, demanded his opponent, Kathleen Rice, release all her e-mails from her time as Co-Chair of the controversial Moreland Commission.
“Kathleen Rice has refused to comment on allegations that the Moreland Commission she co-chaired was influenced by political donors and the Governor to avoid investigations that not only lead to the Governor’s donors but also to hers,” Blakeman stated.
The New York Times reported that Ms. Rice “declined to comment” on the on-going Moreland saga. (New York Times. July 28, 2014. “Ms. Rice, through a spokesman, declined to comment for this article” and “both of [the other two co-chairs, Kathleen Rice and Milton Williams]…declined to comment on Monday.”)
“Unbelievably, Kathleen Rice released only one of potentially hundreds of e-mails to the New York Times when upon allegations of political interference, Rice merely asks other commission members for their ‘thoughts,’” said Blakeman. “That’s why the public needs to see all of Ms. Rice’s Moreland e-mails, communications and notes,” said Bruce Blakeman.
“If Kathleen Rice knew that crimes were being committed or at the very least allegations of unethical conduct, she as a prosecutor had an absolute, non-delegable legal obligation to disclose that conduct immediately to the State Attorney General or the United States Attorney. She did neither,” Blakeman said.
The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption and Rice’s tenure as Co-Chair are now under federal investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York. The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently subpoenaed records of the commission’s operation.
To date, however, Kathleen Rice has not revealed any part of her involvement as Co-Chair of the Moreland Commission, a commission empaneled to investigate public corruption now under federal investigation itself for public corruption.