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De Blasio Faces Federal Prosecutors Over Fundraising Scandals

27 February 2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be questioned on Friday by federal prosecutors from Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office about allegedly trading favors for campaign funds in 2013.

The inquiry into whether the administration traded political favors for donations to de Blasio's 2013 campaign has recently has honed in on the mayor's relationship with Brooklyn landlord Moishe Indig, who held a fundraiser for de Blasio in 2013.

The mayor has no public events planned for the day and is due to travel later to Atlanta for a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, according to his published schedule. It is something of a tightrope walk for the mayor who has volunteered to answer questions, but has not been granted immunity from prosecution.

De Blasio previously said the probe won't have an impact on his decision to run for re-election.

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Last month, de Blasio confirmed that he was interviewed by state-level prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office in a separate investigation into his fundraising practices.

Today's meeting comes as the U.S. Attorney's office potentially wraps up a lengthy investigation into the mayor's fundraising and campaign activities.

He used to be on the advisory board of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York but is now is no longer serving on it.

De Blasio said he hasn't been informed that he's the target of an investigation in that case.