Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Federal prosecutors to question NYC mayor over fundraising

Federal prosecutors to question NYC mayor over fundraising

Mayor Bill de Blasio will be questioned voluntarily by federal prosecutors Friday in connection to fundraising activities for his campaign.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for the mayor, told the Times the mayor and his staff did not do anything illegal.

An official familiar with the matter said that it is a voluntary interview.

De Blasio, a Democrat who faces reelection in November, has repeatedly said he and his campaign staff did nothing wrong and that he was cooperating with prosecutors from the USA attorney's office in Manhattan in their yearlong criminal investigation.

WCBS-TV said it had video of de Blasio getting together with his attorneys on Wednesday and Thursday possibly in preparation for the Friday's meeting.

According to the New York Daily News, several weeks earlier the mayor's lawyers requested a sit-down with Bharara's public corruption squad, agreeing to answer their questions without protection from prosecution known as immunity. It has left this year's race for mayor in a state of.

Investigators are examining whether de Blasio engaged in corruption to benefit his 2013 campaign or to his shuttered nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York.

The investigation has found two people with relationships to de Blasio that are of interest.

"We are very careful about doing things in a legal and appropriate manner", the mayor previously told NBC 4 NY.

Mayor de Blasio will be accompanied by counsel at the interview.

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