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Bharara seeks records from NY ethics commission

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is seeking records from the state ethics commission.

Bharara four weeks ago said his office would take up investigations that were launched and then shuttered by a panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. That panel, known as the Moreland Commission, already had agreed to turn over its documents to Bharara.

But the prosecutor now has subpoenaed records from a separate entity, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE. The New York Post first reported the subpoena Wednesday.

A Bharara spokesman wouldn’t confirm or deny the investigation.

“We never comment on subpoenas,” spokesman James Margolin said. “Anything connected to the grand jury process is confidential, so we aren’t commenting on whether or not there have been subpoenas issued.”

JCOPE was mum as well.

“The Joint Commission on Public Ethics routinely works with other law enforcement agencies on various cases but it will not confirm or comment on any specific investigative matter,” commission spokesman John Milgrim said in an e-mail.

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