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FBI: NY Assembly Speaker Arrested, to Appear in Court Later

 FBI: NY Assembly Speaker Arrested, to Appear in Court Later
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Silver was reportedly taken into custody this morning.

An FBI spokesman says New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful politicians in the state, has been arrested.

The spokesman, Peter Donald, says Silver was taken into custody around 8 a.m. Thursday.

Donald declined to discuss the charges Silver is facing. The U.S. attorney’s office is expected to discuss the case later Thursday, and Silver is expected in court.

Silver is a Democrat from Manhattan's Lower East Side and a longtime leader of the Assembly's Democratic majority. The arrest comes just a day after Silver shared the stage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara took over the files of New York's Moreland anti-corruption commission after Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed it in April. He said in October that investigations into Albany's pay-to-play politics are continuing.