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Cuomo's role as AG questioned in trooper probe

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Published reports say a former state police superintendent accused then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of dissuading troopers from securing lawyers during a probe of their agency.

That could have been an ethics violation.

The New York Times and the Times Union of Albany report Tuesday that former Superintendent Pedro Perez said Cuomo told him that appearing for questioning with lawyers would make it appear troopers had something to hide.

Cuomo disputes that account and says Perez was told veteran state police counsel Glenn Valle couldn't be used because Valle would be questioned.

Cuomo was investigating then-Gov. David Paterson's claim a rogue unit operated in the agency.

Cuomo's spokesman couldn't immediately show how his office had authority to reject the troopers' requests, but said Valle's representation would have been a conflict.

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