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GOP chairman: What did the president, er, governor know, and when did he know it?

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Here is a portion of a release/statement today from Ed Cox, chairman of the state Republican Party, on the controversy brewing over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Moreland Commission. The panel was prematurely disbanded last week as part of a possible political deal, according to a U.S. Attorney who has since gotten his hands in the past 24 hours on the commission's documents.

As an aside, might some Democrats whisper to the history-deprived that Cox is the son-in-law of the late President Richard Nixon?

Either way, the situation has given Republicans -- chiefly GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino -- an issue that New Yorkers should expect to be hearing about into the fall.

The Cox statement:

Chair Ed Cox today called on Andrew Cuomo to reveal precisely who in his administration interfered with the Moreland Commission and why.

"Andrew Cuomo's meddling corrupted his own corruption commission," said Cox. "The Governor must reveal who in his office interfered with the Moreland Commission, how they did so and for what reasons."

The Moreland Commission on public corruption is shutting down this week and US Attorney Preet Bharara will be receiving all of its case files. Speaking to WNYC yesterday, Bharara did not rule out an investigation of Cuomo's office.

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