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Churchill: With Mueller investigation, Trump walks Cuomo's path

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28.04.2019

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When the investigation went in directions he didn't like, he did his best to hobble and block its work. He meddled and interfered. Then, he stopped the investigation cold.

Donald Trump?

Nope. Andrew Cuomo.

The investigation was the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, the high-powered group created to dive into New York's deep plume of governmental slime. Cuomo vowed the special commission would have the authority and independence it needed, because New York's embarrassing corruption could no longer be tolerated.

It all sounded so promising. Cuomo even said New Yorkers should sleep better with the Moreland Commission at work.

But it wasn't long before commissioners began looking under rocks the governor didn't want lifted.

Many commissioners and investigators, as the New York Times reported, soon concluded that the governor, with his roadblocks and constant interference, was trying to compromise the investigation.

Nine months after the Moreland Commission was launched, Cuomo abruptly disbanded it. The commission did not get to finish its work. It had little real impact on state-government corruption. In its too-brief life, the commission indicted nobody.

Fast forward to........

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