CSI: Cuomo Scandal Investigation

  • Aired:  07/24/14
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Governor Andrew Cuomo forms an ethics commission to tackle corruption but then refuses the group access to his own office. (5:58)

SPEAKING OF OUR FAIR CITY ANDSTATE, NEW YORK HAS HAD ITS FAIR

SHARE OF ALBANY-BASED CORRUPTIONIN RECENT YEARS, WHETHER IT BE

NEW YORK STATE SENATOR MALCOLMSMITH TRYING TO BUY HIS WAY ON

TO THE MAYORAL BALLOT LAST YEAR,STATE SENATOR JOHN SAMPSON'S

$440,000 EMBEZZLEMENT CASE ORPERHAPS YOU'D PREFER SOMETHING

MORE COMPLEX, MORESOPHISTICATED.

STATE ASSEMBLYMAN ERICSTEVENSON CAUGHT ACCEPTING

BRIBES IN EXCHANGE FORLEGISLATION ON A WIRE STING

CONDUCTED BY ANOTHERASSEMBLYMAN MR. CASTRO,

COOPERATING, MOST LIKELYAFTER BEING INDICTED HIMSELF ON

PERJURY CHARGES.

YES, ALBANY IS A VERITABLE[BLEEPED] MAN'S SAMPLER OF

CORRUPTION.

OH, WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?

OH, THIS ONE, OH, YEAH, THISTASTES LIKE STATE SENATOR

MONSERRATE'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCEISSUES.

MMM, WITH A FEDERAL MAIL FRAUDGANACHE AND JUST A HINT, A HINT

OF CONSPIRACY CHARGES NOUGAT.

MMM, MMM.

BUT A FEW YEARS BACK THEREEMERGE A MAN PROMISING TO CHANGE

ALL THAT.

[LAUGHTER]I HAD TO PICK THE ONE WITH THE

CARAMEL. I HAD TO PICK THECARAMEL.

HAD TO PICK THE ONE THAT DOESN'TDIGEST FOR LIKE AN HOUR AND A

HALF.

THERE WE GO.

THERE EMERGED A MAN TO FIGHTTHIS, A CORRUPTION BATTLING

ATTORNEY GENERAL.

NO, NOT THAT ONE.

NOT THE ONE WHO HAD TO RESIGN INHIS OWN PERSONAL CORRUPTION

SCANDAL.

THAT'S THE ONE.

ANDREW CUOMO, A CORRUPTIONFIGHTING FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL

WHO CAMPAIGNED FOR GOVERNOR ONONE OFT-REPEATED PLEDGE.

>> IT'S ABOUT TIME WE CLEAN UPALBANY.

>> CLEAN UP ALBANY.

WE'RE GOING TO START WITHCLEANING UP ALBANY.

WE NEED TO CLEAN UP ALBANY NOW.

>> Jon: AND WHILE I HAVE YOU,HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED IN CAR

ACCIDENT?

[LAUGHTER]HAVE YOU BEEN EXPOSED TO

ASBESTOS?

I CAN HELP ALL THREE THINGS.

ANYWAY, CUOMO WAS ELECTED ANDTHEN TRIED TO ENACT SOMETHING

CALLED "THE PUBLIC TRUST ACT."

WHICH WOULD ENHANCE PROSECUTORS'ABILITIES TO CRACK DOWN ON

PUBLIC CORRUPTION.

THERE'S REALLY ONLY ONE PROBLEMWITH THIS, IT TURNS OUT

LEGISLATIVE BODIES THAT AREFETID SWAMPS OF CORRUPTION

ARE GENERALLY LOATHE TO PASSDREDGING LEGISLATION.

WE ALL REMEMBER SENATOR PIGPEN'SVERY FAMOUS FILIBUSTER OF THE

1952 BATH ACT.

[LAUGHTER]WELL, GUESS WHAT?

GOVERNOR CUOMO DOESN'T TAKENO-MO.

FOR... FOR, AH [BLEEPED] IT,HE TRIED SOMETHING ELSE.

>> IN RESPONSE, THE GOVERNORCREATED WHAT'S KNOWN AS THE

MOORELAND COMMISSION TOINVESTIGATE CORRUPTION WITHIN

THE LEGISLATURE.

>> Jon: OH, SO CORRUPTION ISNOT ENOUGH OF A PROBLEM TO PASS

LEGISLATION.

WELL, THEN I GUESS YOU WOULDN'TMIND IF MY COMMISSION LOOKED

UNDER HERE.

WHAT'S UNDER HERE?

AND LO AND BEHOLD, JUST NINEMONTHS LATER...

>> LAST MONTH THE LEGISLATUREPASSED THE ETHICS BILL AS PART

OF THE STATE BUDGET.

AND CUOMO MADE THE DECISION TODISBAND HIS COMMISSION.

>> Jon: THERE YOU HAVE IT,FOLKS.

COMMISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

AS ANDREW CUOMO CAMPAIGNS FORHIS REELECTION, HE CAN BE SECURE

KNOWING THAT HIS TENACITY HELPEDCLEAN UP GOTHAM CITY.

A REFORMER WHO ROSE ABOVEPOLITICS AS USUAL CORRUPTION

BECAUSE OF GREAT POWER COMESGREAT RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE

HULK SMASH.

>> REPORTS IN THE "NEW YORKTIMES" CLAIM THAT AFTER

APPOINTING THE COMMISSION,THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

INTERFERED WITH ITS WORK,"OBJECTING WHENEVER THE

COMMISSION FOCUSED ON GROUPSWITH TIES TO MR. CUOMO."

>> THE GOVERNOR CREATED A PANELTO TACKLE CORRUPTION THEN

SYSTEMATICALLY BLOCKED IT FROMPROBING ANYTHING RELATED TO

HIMSELF.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: SAY IT AIN'T SO, ANDY.

SAY IT AIN'T SO.

WELL, IT'S NOT LIKE HE EVER SAIDTHE COMMISSION COULD INVESTIGATE

THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE.

>> THE COMMISSION CLEARLY HASTHE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO LOOK AT

ANYTHING THEY WANT TO LOOK AT,INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR, THE

ATTORNEY GENERAL, THECONTROLLER, ET CETERA.

THEY HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY.

>> Jon: BASICALLY CUOMO FORMEDA COMMISSION PROMISING YOU CAN

EVEN LOOK AT ME, AND THEN WHENTHEY LOOKED AT HIM, HE SAID, YOU

LOOKIN' AT ME?

YOU LOOKIN' AT ME?

I DON'T SEE ANY OTHER GOVERNORSHERE.

YOU LOOKIN' AT ME?

YOU LOOKIN' AT ME?

SO, GOVERNOR CUOMO?

>> GOVERNOR CUOMO'S OFFICE GAVETHE TIMES A 13-PAGE STATEMENT.

"A COMMISSION APPOINTED BY ANDSTAFFED BY THE EXECUTIVE CANNOT

INVESTIGATE THE EXECUTIVE."

>> ARGUING THAT SINCE HE CREATEDIT AND THAT SINCE THE COMMISSION

REPORTED TO HIM, HE COULD NOT BEACCUSED OF INTERFERENCE.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW THAT[BLEEPED] RIDICULOUS, RIGHT?

[LAUGHTER]YOU KNOW THE "I MADE IT I CAN DO

WHAT I WANT WITH IT EXCUSE" ONLYWORKS FOR GEORGE LUCAS.

YOU KNOW THAT RIGHT?

I DON'T CARE HOW INCONGRESS ITIS THAT THIS SPACE WESTERN NOW

INCLUDES A REGGAE RABBIT LIVINGUNDER THE SEA.

HE STAYS IN THE PICTURE.

HE STAYS!

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]NOW WHY COULDN'T...

>> REGGAE RABBIT.

YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU, GEORGE.

TURNS OUT GOVERNOR CUOMO MAY BELIKE THE BOSS WHO SAYS,

YEAH NO, WE'LL PLAY HOOPS ATLUNCH. YOU CAN GO HARD.

WHEN JIMMY FROM ACCOUNTINGBLOCKS HIS SHOT AS HE DRIVES THE

LANE, HE GOES, HEY, THE OTHERTEAM'S NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH

THE BALL BECAUSE ISTARTED THE GAME.

LOOK, I REALLY HOPE THERE'SNOTHING TO THIS BECAUSE

NEW YORK'S GOVERNORS HAVE TWOHALLS, SHAME AND FAME.

AND ONE OF THEM IS VERY CROWDED.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE][CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

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