There are some awesomely qualified candidates to serve as the next New York Attorney General. She or he, especially if New York state law is tightened up to prevent federal evildoers and criminals to escape state-level justice in NY, will have the opportunity and in fact the obligation to enforce state laws against money laundering, financial fraud, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and all the other crimes mob bosses commit. If those laws happen to apply to public servants, or former public servants, so be it.
The NY State Assembly, from what I read, has the authority to appoint the next AG, and might well choose one of their own. But if they choose to go with someone who has a higher profile than an assemblyperson, may I suggest Sally Yates, former (ever so briefly) Acting Attorney General; or Zephyr Teachout, former candidate for governor and author of the fine book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuffbox to Citizens United.
But of course the awesomest choice, a choice that might well send the president even more over the edge than he is already, is staring the Assembly in the face: Hillary.
P.S. Have read mixed reviews on Preet Bharara as a choice for NY AG. He certainly got lots of good press for going after insider trading, but did he persecute purveyors of financial fraudulence actively and assertively? I don’t know. Why not let Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District NY appoint him as US Attorney when the Trump administration lets a deadline for appointing their own candidate slide through negligence? Yes it could happen.