…and the plot thickens.
In yet another sign the NYPD corruption scandal may reach as high as Hizzoner, the Mayor of New York’s administration futilely tried to distance itself from the now-toxic names of Rechnitz and Reichberg. The political spin-doctoring fell woefully flat.
“What role [Rechnitz and Reichberg] played on the transition is unclear.
De Blasio’s press secretary referred questions about the transition committee to the firm BerlinRosen. A spokesperson there, Dan Levitan, declined to characterize what role or impact the men had in the transition. Asked what policy the men influenced or helped shape, Levitan referred questions back to City Hall, which did not immediately provide a statement.”
As reported earlier, the FBI/DOJ has had wiretaps on Rechnitz and Reichberg, as part of an investigation that extends as far back as early 2014. That puts Reichberg’s dinner with De Blasio on 5/21/14 smack in the middle of the investigation’s cross-hairs. All of this continues to beg the questions: who is the third Orthodox man the FBI/DOJ is investigating, and how far-reaching is the probe?
ABC7 reports, from earlier:
“Federal authorities are probing three Orthodox Jewish men for fraud and money laundering. Two of them, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, were involved in a liquor deal that went bad, prompting the investigation.
While probing the men, federal authorities picked up on a wiretap that one of the men, Reichberg, had dealings with high ranking NYPD officers. He is described as a police buff.
A number of the NYPD commanders have been brought before a federal grand jury looking into the Orthodox Jewish men’s actions. They are described to have “fully cooperated” and have been informed they are not the targets or subject of the investigation.”