NYC mayor cross-examined at ex-operative’s trial



NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained calm but wary while undergoing hours of cross-examination by a defense lawyer who questioned whether he had skirted the law.

Bloomberg testified Monday at the trial of John Haggerty. The former political operative is accused of persuading the mayor and his staff to finance a poll-monitoring initiative that didn’t materialize. Prosecutors say Haggerty used most of the money to buy himself a house.

Bloomberg testified that Haggerty “promised things that he didn’t do.”

During the cross-examination, attorney Raymond Castello came close to calling the billionaire politician a liar.

Responded the mayor: “I don’t lie.”