Preet Bharara: Politician arrests feel like ‘Groundhog Day’

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Tuesday that his office is doing all it can to prosecute corrupt government officials, but said the issue is far more than a “prosecutor’s problem.”

Bharara, who has received accolades for his work against corruption on Wall Street and in New York’s political circles, went on something of a stemwinder against New York’s “public corruption crisis,” calling on leaders across the state to do more to fight it.

“Many may understandably resign themselves to the sad truth that perhaps the most powerful
special interest in politics is self-interest,” Bharara said. “As I said once before, every time a politician is arrested in New York, it should not feel like a scene from Groundhog Day. And yet it does.”

Bharara continued:

“Now, I think that we have the best corruption-fighting team in the business. And we will
continue pursuing and punishing every corrupt official we find. But the public corruption crisis in New York is more than a prosecutor’s problem.

“Putting dirty politicians in prison may be necessary but it is not sufficient. And the dream of honest government cannot come to pass unless there is real change in the culture.”

Here’s Bharara’s full remarks, as prepared:

Smith, Et Al. PC Prepared Remarks

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  1. Now it is not Ground Hog Day it is more like business as usual in Albany & New York City

    Everyday U wake up and expect to see another Scandal & U do

    From Wall Street to Albany & all points in between

    This one is called “STUPIDSMITHGATE” & U have to be the “STUPIDEST” to be in this one,

    Politics attracts the STUPIDEST PEOPLE TO IT & they raise to the highest levels in politics.

    THATS SAY A LOT

    So I will sy again & again

    JOIN THE “WATSON REVOLUTION” & make “WATSON” our next Governor

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

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