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Statement from Chairman Cox on Revelations of Potential Pay to Play in AG Schneiderman's ExxonMobil Investigation

September 13, 2016

Earlier this week, the NY Post reported on an email from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's campaign appearing to attempt to leverage his ExxonMobile investigation for support from billionaire environmental activisit Tom Steyer for his "race for Governor." Mr. Cox issued the following statement in response: 

"Another day, and more evidence Eric Schneiderman is using the Office of the Attorney General for political purposes. Just last week we learned he is allowing his close ally Hillary Clinton to subvert New York charity laws by refusing her to disclose the Foundation's foreign donors, and now we learn he sought to leverage his investigation of ExxonMobil to secure support from billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer in his potential run for higher office.

"Mr. Schneiderman has established a long and disturbing pattern of abusing the power of his office for political gain. Both of these cases indicate sufficient evidence to warrant an independent investigation by US Attorney Preet Bharara. Mr. Schneiderman must also comply with a subpoena issued by the U.S. House Science Committee requesting information about his ExxonMobil investigations amid allegations that the investigation is politically motivated. To date, he has chosen to defy the subpoena, leaving many troubling questions unanswered. As the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the state, the Attorney General must be above politics and until this matter is investigated by an independent body, there will be an indelible stain on the office."


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