Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has set up a meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio, in connection with investigation into possible corruption at City hall, news reports said.
The feds first began zeroing in on the mayor last October when they subpoenaed thousands of e-mails and documents from his office pertaining to his 2013 campaign and nonprofit group, the Campaign for One New York, the New York Post said in a report Jan. 27.
It said that the nonprofit was shut down and “is charged with promoting the mayor’s progressive agenda,” including eliminating income inequality, gentrification and police brutality.
According to the Post report, it allegedly funneled money from wealthy donors into de Blasio’s campaign coffer.
The nonprofit’s campaign finance director, Ross Offinger, has been under scrutiny for his role in the operation.
Bharara’s meeting with the mayor will be held in the next two weeks without the protection of immunity, the Post said quoting WNBC/Channel 4.
The Post report said that sources told the station that the mayor is convinced he can prove to investigators that he has not traded government favors for political donations during his time in office.