As the Senate Republican Campaign Committee seeks to quash a subpoena from the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today acknowledged there are talks to reach a settlement.

Schneiderman bestowed deputy attorneys general powers on commission members in order to work around concerns the panel wouldn’t have the power to investigate the Legislature.

Nevertheless, the SRCC — which is being represented by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — is challenging the subpoena of its communications and other internal documentation on the grounds that the governor’s ant-corruption panel doesn’t have the authority.

Schneiderman contends it does, but says “they’re trying to work something out” in order to avoid a court-room battle.

“Essentially, it’s a challenge to my power so if any matter goes to litigation,” Schneiderman said at a news conference at the Capitol earlier on Wednesday. “I deputized the Moreland Commission because it is absolutely clear that my office under referral from the governor, which I have, can investigate any part of the government that I want to. So, they’re exercising power as my deputies in seeking information from the Legislature. If it goes to litigation I’m confident we’ll prevail. I think they’re trying to work out something now short of that, but I don’t know the details.”

A hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan is scheduled for Dec. 9.