Grand Juries Convene To Hear Evidence On De Blasio Fundraising Probe

Kerry Picket Political Reporter

Two different grand juries convened Friday to start listening to evidence about state and federal corruption probes into New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, The New York Times first reported.

According to The Times, it is unknown whether either jury would bring forth criminal indictments against de Blasio. But prosecutors appear to be moving toward at least one charge against a few of the mayor’s closest advisers.

The investigation, which surfaced in April, focused on whether the mayor, or those who represented his wishes, violated state election law by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars via three upstate county Democratic committees and later sending it to Democratic candidates during the party’s unsuccessful 2014 attempt to win majority control of the state Senate.

De Blasio has continued to say he and members of his office did not act wrongly.

When asked Tuesday by reporters about whether he or any of his “employees in city government” had been asked to testify before a grand jury, de Blasio replied, “I have not been asked to testify before a grand jury.” He added, “I can’t speak to other people.”

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