Mayor Bill de Blasio has determined he’s by means of speaking about the NYPD corruption trial that resulted in the conviction of one in every of his high marketing campaign donors — primarily based largely on the testimony of one other.
In reality, he insists he “tuned out” the total trial, claiming it didn’t contain him. Yet the truth is that it did contain him — and his total administration.
Despite acquitting former Deputy Inspector James Grant of taking bribes, a federal courtroom jury convicted Jeremy Reichberg of paying them to different cops.
That adopted testimony by Reichberg’s accomplice in pay-to-play, Jona Rechnitz, about how the two traded their marketing campaign donations for favors from each the NYPD and City Hall.
Rechnitz, who lower a plea deal, gave comparable testimony in the 2017 corruption trial of former correction union boss Norman Seabrook, who was convicted.
Much of that testimony was bolstered by emails from the mayor himself — messages that have been presupposed to have been made public after a courtroom order protecting a Freedom of Information Law request by The Post.
These emails put the deceive de Blasio’s repeated claims that he “hardly knew” Reichberg and Rechnitz and that he and the latter have been “not particularly close.”
Within weeks of de Blasio’s taking workplace in 2014, the pair — who raised $252,000 for the mayor’s marketing campaign — had been given his private cell quantity and e-mail deal with.
And issues received much more acquainted from there: The two had de Blasio’s ear on all the pieces from advised appointments to complaints about private water payments.
And each time one or the different wanted a favor, they loved fast top-level entry at City Hall. It’s a well-recognized story, one we’ve heard again and again concerning how this mayor treats his fats cats.
No marvel de Blasio “tuned out” the trial and has determined to button his lips about the complete affair. Anything he says is just too more likely to be uncovered as one other lie.