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Preet Bharara, five years into his tenure as United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Preet Bharara, five years into his tenure as United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Crime buster cracksdown on Cuomo

 

The interview on public radio this April, a long-planned event to discuss a range of topics, seemed like a garden-variety appearance for Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

The magnitude of the moment, however, came into quick focus. As Mr. Bharara attacked Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to disband an anticorruption commission, five of his staff members and several forensic computer specialists arrived at the commission’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan to copy hard drives and haul out documents through a service elevator.

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