Motion filed claims timing of Mangano arrest was politically motivated

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An attorney for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano claims the timing of his arrest was politically motivated, even involving a former president.

According to the motion, Nassau's Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs held a meeting with former President Bill Clinton, asking for help in getting the US Attorney's Office to announce the indictments of Mangano and ex-Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto prior to the 2016 election.

Venditto's son Michael was running for re-election that year and ended up losing to his Democratic challenger by less than 50 votes.

Democrats mentioned in the motion have reportedly denied any such scheme.

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