Mayor de Blasio had a bout of reminiscence loss Saturday throughout his first public feedback concerning the damaging pay-to-play testimony of considered one of his largest donors.
In a rapidly referred to as press convention, the mayor labeled donor Jona Rechnitz a “liar” and a “horrible human being,” however couldn’t recall any particulars of their many interactions.
He additionally revealed that he used yet one more private e mail tackle to speak with Rechnitz about metropolis enterprise – and didn’t launch these communications to the general public.
Rechnitz, testifying Thursday and Friday as a authorities witness within the bribery trial of jails union boss Norman Seabrook, claimed he was in fixed contact with the mayor by way of de Blasio’s private cellular phone and e mail.
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The Brooklyn businessman raised $193,000 for the mayor and testified that he anticipated “numerous entry” from Metropolis Corridor in return.
On Saturday de Blasio – who had dodged questions on Rechnitz the day past – forcefully sought to attenuate his prior contacts with Rechnitz, regardless of Rechnitz’s testimony he was in fixed communication with the mayor.
“That is simply false,” de Blasio stated. “He is making an attempt to current some nice closeness not simply with me however with others and it is simply not true.”
De Blasio famous that the Manhattan U.S. Lawyer didn’t convey costs towards him, however didn’t point out that prosecutors made clear that they discovered the mayor had intervened on behalf of donors in search of favors from Metropolis Corridor.
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And the extra detailed the questions have been about his interactions with Rechnitz, the fuzzier the mayor’s reminiscence turned.
This was notably true of a Might 22, 2014, e mail, unearthed by prosecutors, from Rechnitz to de Blasio’s private e mail tackle with the topic “Norman underneath management.”
In courtroom, Rechnitz – who had an in depth relationship with Seabrook – stated in early 2014 the mayor was upset with Seabrook for bashing his newly appointed Correction Division…